Pa. legislators push for US voting reforms

Written by on February 18, 2021

 Pa. legislators push for US voting reforms 

By Hayden Mitman

February 18, 2021

The Pennsylvania State Capitol building on Monday, June 22, 2020. Courtesy Gov. Tom Wolf’s Flickr page

Two Pennsylvania members of Congress are mounting a new effort to make the voting reform bill, H.R. 1, also known as the ‘For The People Act,’ a reality. 

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Ever since it was introduced in 2019, the bill has faced strong opposition from Republicans. Former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called it a Democratic ‘power grab’ and promised it would never reach a vote on the senate floor. 

U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) says that will now change. 

“With the 117th Congress, we have the chance to see H.R. 1 brought to a vote in the Senate,” Wild says. “There is no time like now to make sure we pass H.R. 1. We may not have this opportunity again if we don’t seize it now.” 

The bill includes sweeping reforms on voting rights, election security and campaign finance and would end partisan gerrymandering. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) joined a panel discussion with Wild recently, saying the bill would help eliminate political dark money. 

“There are some people in the public square, they are cloaked in darkness, with all the dark money, so they get the biggest microphone, but we can’t find out who the hell they are,” Casey says.

The bill was reintroduced before the House of Representatives in January and a vote on the house floor is expected at the beginning of March. 

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