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Congressman Paul Mitchell

Representing the 10th District of Michigan

Mitchell Votes Against Overreaching H.R.1

March 8, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) released the following statement after voting against H.R.1:


“H.R. 1 is an overreaching bill which aims to federalize state and local elections, burden free speech, and subsidize political candidates with taxpayer funds. While I believe that encouraging voter participation and election security are extremely important, I have substantive concerns about many provisions of this legislation. The bill creates public matching funds for House campaigns and forces taxpayers to subsidize candidates they don’t support, substantially federalizes our elections and undermine states’ authority to regulate their own systems in ways that best serve their individual populations, and weakens verification procedures making it easier to vote fraudulently. Further, the bill impedes Americans’ right to political free speech simply because they have joined together. Unfortunately, instead of evaluating targeted elections security and ethics reforms, and updating associated laws, H.R. 1 makes vast changes all at once while combining potentially sensible reforms with changes that are ill-conceived and would have unintended consequences. That is why I voted no.”