(USA Features) Sen. Ted Cruz blasted Democrats Monday over legislation to dramatically remake voting rules that override state laws and regulations including many aimed at ensuring election integrity.
In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, the Texas Republican called the bill in the Senate, S-1, “the single most dangerous piece of legislation before the United States Congress.”
Cruz said the bill would eliminate voter ID laws in states while dramatically expanding universal mail-in ballots and a technique known as “ballot harvesting” — allowing third parties to go around and collect voters’ ballots — as well as other provisions traditionally handled by states.
“You know, there’s kind of two buckets of what the Democrats are trying to do,” Cruz told Hannity.
“One is bad policy. Things like massive new taxes, massive new spending, massive new regulations, all of those are going to hurt Americans all across the country. But there’s a second bucket that is really rigging the game, trying to change the rules so they never lose again,” he continued.
“And the crown jewel of the rigging-the-game proposals is the corrupt politicians act.”
In addition to eliminating voter protections in existence on the state level, Cruz said S.1 also realigns the Federal Election Commission “into a partisan weapon to fine, to prosecute, to sue Republicans.”
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“This is a — it is a massive Democratic power grab and it’s because the number one priority of Joe Biden, of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi is to stay in power for a hundred years and to steal the rights of the voters to vote them out,” he said, adding he is “leading the fight” against passage of the bill.
Right now the legislation appears to be dead on arrival under current filibuster rules which require 60 votes to move legislation. In an evenly divided chamber with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaker, that means Democrats would need 10 Republicans to side with them, which is unlikely.
If Democrats vote to eliminate the filibuster, which is being discussed, the bill could pass strictly on a party-line vote, analysts note.