People in America have grown tired of the “gridlock” in Washington D.C. HR1 2019 is legislation to address this.

Between the three co-equal branches of government, Legislative, Executive and Judicial, no one seems to agree on how to govern. This division in government seems highlighted in the branch passing laws. The legislative branch is bifurcated between the Senate and House of Representatives, meaning it simply has two parts.

The Constitution of the United States mandates that the Legislative Branch of government enact legislation that promotes the “general health, safety and welfare of the people”. It appears Congress has forgotten that responsibility.

Until now.

Democrats gained control of the House in the 2018 midterms. Congress will consider legislation to achieve this. H.R. 1 is just such a bill.

HR1 For the People Act

Known as the “For the People Act”, H.R. 1 purports to implement the voice of the people.

The 116th Congress saw Democrats flip 40 seats in the House. The winning platform focused on the issues of healthcare, corruption and the environment. H.R. 1 begins addressing these issues by focusing on voting, ethics and campaign finance. These issues have plagued elections for decades.

This bill easily passed in the House. Here comes the obstruction.

Republicans still control the Senate. Majority leader Mitch McConnell R-KY, has publicly stated this bill will not see the senate floor for a vote. Instead of governing on behalf of the people, he stated,

“I get to decide what gets voted on.”

Mitch McConnell

If McConnell represents the GOP, then the Republican Party is not interested in advancing ethical government in America.

This is but one example why people see our government as dysfunctional. The Senate Majority Leader will not entertain having committee debate the issue. H.R. 1 is “dead on arrival”. This is not governance, it is petulance.

Republican Death March to Irrelevancy

Republicans just do not get it.

They cling to a “my way or the highway” style of governing, and it is the most unproductive tactic available. The 2018 midterm elections resulted in a GOP blow out due to a refusal of the Republicans to compromise. There is no deviating from the current path they are on and it will cost them the White House and Senate in 2020.

Democrats will make this a campaign issue.

In the House, Republicans unanimously voted nay on this Bill. In the GOP–controlled Senate, HR1 legislation will not see the light of day because of Republican leadership. It is obvious which political party is addressing the issues voters are complaining about and which one continues to ignore the people.

Republicans are making themselves the irrelevant party. Simply put, Democrats choose to legislate for the people, and GOP legislates for money and corruption.

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Gene Smith

Gene Smith is a Chief Campaign Strategist living in Arizona. He is a Juris Doctor, Democratic Campaign Strategist, Elected Precinct Committee person, and Democratic State Committee Member. Currently, Gene serves on the Environmental Caucus.

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