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Mike Lee Says ‘For The People’ Voting Bill Is ‘As If Written In Hell By The Devil Himself’

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) on Wednesday issued a harsh rebuke of the sweeping election reform bill passed by the House earlier this month that advocates and Democrats say is necessary in order to protect Americans’ voting rights.

“I think I disagree with every single word in H.R. 1, including the words ‘but,’ ‘and,’ and ‘the,’” Lee said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday when pressed for his thoughts For The People Act, also known as H.R.1.

“Everything about this bill is rotten to the core. This is a bill as if written in hell by the devil himself,” he continued, saying he thinks the bill, if signed into law, would amount to an overreach by the federal government and take away “all sorts of decisions” away from states.

“That’s wrong. It’s really wrong. It’s bad policy,” he also said.

The White House has pushed strongly for the bill, which passed the House along party lines earlier this month, saying it is “urgently needed to protect the right to vote and the integrity of our elections” in the wake of what it referred to as “a newly aggressive attack on voting rights taking place right now all across the country.”

The legislation comes as dozens of bills to restrict voter access are making their way through state legislatures across the country. That includes a slew of Republican-backed bills in Georgia after the state saw record turnout among voters in November’s general election and the Senate runoffs earlier this year.

Republican legislators behind the measures in the Peach State have said the bills are aimed at bolstering election security and confidence after former President Trump pushed unsubstantiated claims about widespread voter fraud to explain his loss in Georgia and other states.

Democrats and advocates, however, argue the bills would make it more difficult to vote and that the legislation is a response to the Democratic wins presidential election and the January U.S. Senate runoffs.

In his appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, Lee suggested he thinks that H.R. 1, which awaits consideratio… (Read more)

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