September 21, 2022
WASHINGTON - Today, Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) managed debate on the House floor in opposition to H.R. 8873, the Presidential Election Reform Act. House Democrats did not hold a markup or offer the chance to amend the bill, did not consult with Republicans on the Committee who have legitimate policy concerns with the legislative text, refused to consider the Senate's bipartisan bill, and jammed this partisan bill through just weeks before the midterm election in attempt to talk about their favorite topic, former President Trump.
Highlights from Ranking Member Davis' remarks:
- "Members of all political parties have exercised their rights under the provisions of that law to raise constitutional objections to state electoral slates if they determine something may be improper. This is not an afront to Democracy, it is Democracy in action. In fact, Democrats have quite an extensive history of objecting during the electoral count."
- "Democrats have objected to every single Republican presidential win in the 21st Century."
- "At the same time Democrats were accusing Republicans of undermining Democracy, they themselves were attempting to overturn the results of a duly certified election in Iowa's second congressional district... this Majority orchestrated having their candidate bypass state courts, and instead attempted to utilize the House itself to steal a Congressional seat to boost their slim majority. This was the single biggest act of election subversion that occurred in the 2020 election cycle, and it was carried out by the same people here today claiming that Republicans are the threat to Democracy."
- "I believe what House Democrats and the 1/6 Committee are doing is irresponsible and wrong. They have allowed their dislike for one man, President Trump, to cloud their judgement and guide their actions – no matter the consequences to this institution or the Constitution that they claim to want to uphold."