Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced the Promoting Free and Fair Elections Act. The bill would prohibit federal agencies from using taxpayer funds to implement or enter into agreements with partisan organizations that conduct voter mobilization activities.
Co-sponsors of the bill include Reps. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Ralph Norman (R-SC), Ronny Jackson, Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Mary Miller (R-IL), Scott Fitzgerald (R-WI), and Alex Mooney (R-WV).
Text of the bill is HERE
Rep. Budd said in a statement:
“President Biden’s executive order empowering every federal agency to engage in electioneering on the taxpayers’ dime raises serious ethical and legal concerns. This sweeping directive is inherently partisan and directed primarily at groups expected to vote for one party over another.”
House Election Integrity Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Claudia Tenney said:
"Voting is one of our most sacred rights as American citizens and it must be protected. President Biden has no business turning federal agencies into partisan voting operations for Democrats. It’s unconstitutional and would further undermine confidence in the integrity of our elections. I am standing up today to put an end to this overreaching effort, and I appreciate Congressman Budd’s continued leadership on this issue."
The EO mandates that all federal agencies support “approved'' third-party organizations to provide voter registration services on federal agency premises located in states across the nation. Determining which third-party organizations will be approved, by whom, and based on what criteria is conveniently missing from the EO.
On January 19, 2022, Rep. Budd led a coalition of 36 House members to send a letter to Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shalanda Young requesting documents and an investigation into President Biden’s executive order.
The Promoting Free and Fair Elections Act:
The legislation would prevent the Biden administration from using the power, resources, and reach of the federal executive branch, and federal offices located in states across the country, from engaging in voter registration and mobilization efforts designed to benefit Democrats.
Engaging in any voter registration activities outlined in Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), until at least 180 days after providing Congress a copy of the agencies’ strategic plan to do so under EO 14019, or in the case of those agencies that did not create a strategic plan under EO 14019, only after they have certified to Congress that no such plan exists.
Prohibited activities include:
Distributing voter-registration application forms.
Providing an “information” form that contains information on the voter-registration process.
Providing assistance to applicants in completing a registration application form.
Accepting completed voter-registration forms.
Transmitting each completed application to state election officials.
The bill also includes a requirement that all federal agencies submit to Congress, within 30 days of the bill’s effective date, a report describing the activities carried out by the agency pursuant to EO 14019.