In June 2021, Democrats proposed the so-called “For The People Act,” which would, among other things, remove voter ID requirements in the majority of states.
The legislation failed in the Senate, reportedly due in part to incompatibilities with current voting regulations.
After the unsuccessful legislative attempt, Vice President Kamala Harris unveiled the Democrats’ backup plan.
In light of the failure of legislation, the Biden administration resorted to executive orders.
“And then it is a matter of continuing to do the work of executive orders, doing the work through the Department of Justice, which has been litigating these cases in the various states, because we believe they are a violation of the spirit of the Constitution of the United States” Harris told CBS News.
Due to legal problems, the order essentially accomplishes through executive action what could not be accomplished through valid legislative methods.
The Daily Caller reported on the following executive order:
“In May 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing federal agencies to turn into the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, “a strategic plan outlining the ways identified under this review that the agency can promote voter registration and voter participation.”
According to experts, the order may violate a variety of federal statutes.
In addition to perhaps violating federal law prohibiting the use of funds for purposes not approved by Congress, the conduct politicizes the election process itself.
In September of the same year that the executive order was issued, the White House released a “fact sheet” describing how government agencies were complying with the directive.
In a fact sheet, the White House referred to the directive as a ‘call for all-of-government action’ regarding elections.
However, Biden’s order requires federal employees to spend agency funds to “promote voter registration and voter participation.”
The Anti-Deficiency Act was adopted by Congress in 1884, with revisions in 1950 and 1982, to ensure the integrity of government spending.
The Anti-Deficiency Act forbids the use of federal monies in excess of what Congress has authorized.
Infringers of the Anti-Deficiency Act are subject to jail, penalties, and suspension without pay.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation and former commissioner on the Federal Election Commission Hans Von Spakovsky had this to say about the executive order in regard to the Act:
“Employees throughout the federal government who are carrying out President Joe Biden’s executive order directing them to get involved in state elections are likely all violating the Anti-Deficiency Act, besides interfering in the election process and using federal resources in what seems to be a get-out-the-vote operation for the party in power in the White House,”
Members of Congress are speaking out against the order, and beginning legislation regarding the issue. CONTINUE READING…