Last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told the Democrats to “put aside the flowery language.”
He also called the Democrats out on their “sweeping bill,” which, according to him, is a “partisan effort to take over how you conduct elections.”
The Democrats’ “For the People Act” was passed during the Senate Rules Committee’s markup on the legislation with no Republican support at all. This Act gives the federal government all jurisdiction over elections, which is why no Republicans supported it.
Of course, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and his caucus had claimed that the bill was needed to ensure the “sanctity of elections,” but the contents are strictly partisan, hence McConnell’s outrage.
“The bill before this committee has a very simple premise—to make it easier, not harder, to vote. This would nullify many of these voter suppression laws and protect the rights of American voters, whether they cast their ballots for Democrats or Republicans,” Schumer had said.
“It would automatically register American voters when they get a driver’s license, guarantee at least 15 continuous days of early voting and partisan gerrymandering, and bring transparency to our campaign finance system,” he continued.
“I know my Republican colleagues don’t like every aspect of it. Fine,” he added. “Tell us how you change it, offer good-faith amendments to improve the bill, which the chair has said she would graciously and eagerly entertain.”
“But my Republican colleagues, if you choose the path of uncompromising opposition, you will cast yourself in league with the most reprehensible sweeping voter suppression effort in decades,” Schumer threatened.
When McConnell got his turn to speak, he was unable to hold back.
“We’ll hear a lot of flowery language today, including my friend and colleague, the majority leader. But we all learned early in life, if you can write the rules, you can win the game,” McConnell said, before emphasizing: “[If] you can write the rules, you can win the game.”
“For multiple years now—not just this year—but for multiple years now, Democrats have called a sweeping bill their top priority. You just heard the majority leader make a totally partisan speech about it, there’s nothing bipartisan about this,” he continued. “This was cooked up at the Democratic National Committee and designed to advantage one side to the disadvantage of the other.”
“If it were to pass, nobody would have any confidence in it, none whatsoever. Let’s call it what it is. Put aside the flowery language,” McConnell said. “This is a partisan effort to take over how you conduct elections.”