20 Attorneys General Oppose H.R. 1

March 5, 2021 | PUFP Staff

The Attorneys General from 20 states sent a letter to U.S. House and Senate leaders to express their concerns about multiple provisions of H.R. 1, the “For the People Act of 2021,” indicating that “should the Act become law, we will seek legal remedies to protect the Constitution, the sovereignty of all states, our elections, and the rights of our citizens.”

Among the issues addressed in the letter are donor disclosure requirements that would be mandated by the Act:

“Even more dismissive of robust political participation is the Act’s requirement that political speakers disclose their donor lists. All speech, whether attributed to an individual or not, facilitates robust political discourse by encouraging speech from a diverse array of viewpoints. The Act reflects an objective to name, shame, and blacklist those with differing or minority viewpoints. In other words, the goal is to censor those with whom the authors of the bill disagree. In the American tradition, the antidote for bad speech is more speech, not less. When people and organizations carry their chosen messages into the public arena, government should not cater to those who would intimidate or disrupt that same speech.”

H.R. 1 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 220-210 on March 3. One Democrat, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), joined all Republicans in opposition. The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate where it is currently scheduled for a hearing in the Senate, Rules and Administration Committee on Wednesday, March 24.

Read the full Attorneys General letter here.