Rep. Elijah Cummings demands Congress make history as Democrats continue the fight for voter rights

Maryland Rep. and House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings took to the microphone Wednesday morning to deliver an epically powerful and very personal speech during hearings on H.R. 1, the massive voter rights reform package better known as the For the People Act of 2019. Heavily promised by Democrats during the midterm elections and first unveiled on Jan. 4, H.R. 1, in the simplest of terms, is some heavy, heavy-hitting legislation. The bill is nothing less than ambitious, seeking to better protect voter rights, fix the worst of American campaign finance laws, and correct undeniable flaws in the election system, as well as make it much easier to cast one’s ballot—and ensure each ballot is counted. 

In their endless war on all things decent, Republicans have already vowed the For the People Act hasn’t a chance of even getting a vote in the Senate, much less getting Donald Trump’s signature. So vehement is the GOP in its opposition to the bill that Kentucky’s very own Majority Leader Mitch McConnell even wrote an angry misinformation-filled rant op-ed about it, presumably with a quill dipped in the blood of suffragists from days gone by.

McConnell echoed his written rant on the Senate floor, warbling at his fellow senators that H.R. 1 was an “attempt to rewrite the rules … in order to benefit one [party] over the other,” seemingly oblivious to the fact that the current rules benefit his party.

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