Democrats are planning to use their new majority in the House of Representatives to embark on reeling in rights from First- and Second-Amendment advocates.
According to an Investors op-ed, Democrats will prioritize limits on free speech and gun ownership. Incoming restrictions and gun control measures…
Presumed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently revealed her first bill for the new Congress, via the report:
According to news accounts, H.R. 1 would, among other things, establish automatic voter registration and “reinvigorate” the Voting Rights Act. In other words, make it harder to root out voter fraud. It will also push public financing of congressional campaigns, with a 6-to-1 government match on small dollar donations.
Those are bad enough. But the plan would also call for amending the Constitution to restrict free speech rights under the guise of campaign finance reform.
This is in reaction to the Supreme Court’s 2009 Citizen United decision, in which the court ruled that the First Amendment protects political speech, allowing corporations to spend money on political advocacy. The court ruled that “The government may not suppress political speech on the basis of the speaker’s corporate identity.”
Democrats have attacked the ruling ever since. And they want a constitutional amendment that would overturn the ruling “and other related rulings.”
That’s so Congress can, in their words, “regulate the raising and spending of political money.”
This bill is expected to drastically change campaign finance and is being called by Republican Senator Ted Cruz as a direct attack on free speech.
Speaking on the bill, Cruz argues, “it gives Congress power to regulate — and ban — speech by everybody.”
Democrats are also eyeing changes to gun control and gun regulation, which could include expanded background checks and a full out ban on “assault weapons.”
Democrats are undoubtedly looking to make some big changes over the next two years. But, with Republicans increasing their majority in the Senate and with President Trump still in office, House Democrats may only be symbolically passing the legislation.
Here’s more on the legislative process, via the op-ed:
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
To be clear, the chances that these efforts will become law are slim to none. For one thing, the Democrats will have a narrow majority in the House. Many of the newly elected representatives are moderates who might be reluctant to betray their voters on day one.
What’s more, the Senate remains in Republican hands — with the possibility that the GOP will have gained three seats in the end. Highly partisan legislation won’t have a chance there.
Even if Democrats did manage to get leftist campaign finance and gun control laws through Congress, they’d still face a Trump veto.