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U.S. Chamber opposes Democratic voting rights bill

PoliticsApr 13, 2021 07:05PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said on Tuesday it strongly opposes a Democratic-backed bill that is aimed at rewriting U.S. voting law, saying it would punish corporations and associations that engage in political advocacy.

Democrats say the bill, which updates voting procedures and requires states to turn over the redrawing of congressional district lines to independent commissions, is needed to overcome Republican efforts to make voting across the country harder.

Many Republican-controlled state legislatures are exploring steps that voting-rights advocates say would reduce turnout after record-setting participation in the November 2020 general election.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said it wants more people brought into the political process but that the bill would have "precisely the opposite effect – pushing certain voices, representing large segments of the electorate and U.S. economy, out of the political process altogether."

The Chamber, in a letter to senators, said the legislation would "regulate and ultimately silence Americans who choose to petition their government or participate in the political process through the collective action of an association or corporation."

U.S. Chamber opposes Democratic voting rights bill
 

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Becky Miller
Becky Miller Apr 17, 2021 7:35PM ET
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𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚔 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚒𝚛𝚎𝚜 𝚒𝚗 24 𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜. 𝚒'𝚕𝚕 𝚜𝚊𝚢 𝚒𝚝 𝚋𝚎𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚒'𝚕𝚕 𝚜𝚊𝚢 𝚒𝚝 𝚊𝚐𝚊𝚒𝚗. 𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝚜𝚢𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚖𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚊 𝚍𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚍𝚎. 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚕𝚞𝚌𝚔𝚢 𝚎𝚗𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚝𝚘 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚙𝚛𝚒𝚟𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚍𝚘𝚠𝚗𝚕𝚘𝚊𝚍 𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚔 (𝚘𝚗𝚕𝚢 50 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚊𝚌𝚌𝚎𝚙𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍𝚠𝚒𝚍𝚎 𝚎𝚊𝚌𝚑 𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚑). 𝚒𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚡𝚝 𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚒𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚞𝚌𝚌𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚢 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚍𝚞𝚌𝚎𝚍 𝚋𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝚜𝚢𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚖, 𝚍𝚘𝚠𝚗𝚕𝚘𝚊𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚘𝚏𝚝𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚡𝚝 24 𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜. 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚒𝚝, 𝚍𝚘 𝚒𝚝 𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚝𝚛𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚖𝚎, 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚍𝚘 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚞𝚙 𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎. 𝚍𝚎𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚕𝚜 𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎: 𝐦𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐣𝐚.𝐜𝐟
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Apr 14, 2021 3:48PM ET
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The majority of the USA is against their silly bill.
Larry Lester
Larry Lester Apr 13, 2021 8:09PM ET
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This letter couldn't be any more correct because the most healthy and representative democracy is one where corporations and large organizations with billions are dollars from somebody you've never heard of in your life are able to manipulate all aspects of the process in such a way to solely benefit their interests at the cost of harm to the average American! [/S]
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 13, 2021 7:16PM ET
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stop democrats cheating
Adrian White
Adrian White Apr 13, 2021 7:16PM ET
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Stop Trumpanzees whining.
Gamer Turtle
GamerTurtle Apr 13, 2021 7:16PM ET
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cheating? republicans have been staying in power by redrawing district instead of serving majority of the people.
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 13, 2021 7:15PM ET
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