An election reform bill about to pass in the House will not see the light of day in the Senate, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
McConnell said on Monday that the “sprawling 622-page doorstop” will never become law, The Hill reported, adding that he does not “plan to even bring it to the floor here in the Senate.”
The anti-corruption bill, H.R. 1, “aims to expand voting rights through provisions including creating automatic voter registration, increasing election security by pushing back on foreign threats and making Election Day a national holiday for federal workers,” The Hill said.
But it would need 60 votes in the Senate to beat a filibuster, and Republicans are not eager to provide the extra votes.
McConnell, who has called the measure the "Democrat Politician Protection Act”, previously accused Democrats of attempting a power grab with the legislation.
Earlier this year, the Kentucky Republican said during a speech on the Senate floor: “The only common motivation running through the whole proposal seems to be this — Democrats searching for ways to give Washington politicians more control over what Americans say about them and how they get people elected.”
“It’s an attempt to rewrite the rules...in order to benefit one over the other,” he added.
McConnell went on the attack again on Monday, saying, "One of our two major political parties has begun embracing one radical, half-baked socialist proposal after another. It's really a sight to see”.
The bill is a "sweeping Washington, D.C., takeover of what Americans can say about politics and how they elect their representatives,” he said.