Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) today voted in support of free speech, secure U.S. elections, and protecting taxpayer dollars. H.R.1 would impose California’s liberal voting methods on every state, increase vulnerability for foreign election interference, disregard voter I.D. laws, and would use taxpayer dollars to publicly fund political campaigns.
Yesterday during debate on the House Floor, Rep. Steel voiced her opposition to this partisan legislation, highlighting the proposal to fund political campaigns with taxpayer dollars, and the weaponization of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). “I rise today in support of free speech. I also rise today to protect our constituents’ taxpayer dollars,” Rep. Steel said.
“This bill we are debating, H.R. 1, would federally mandate a 6 to 1 government match of contributions in congressional or presidential campaigns. That means that for every $200 donated to a campaign, the federal government would match $1200. That’s $1200 of our constituents hard earned tax dollars, sent to a campaign or candidate that they may not even agree with or believe in. In the upcoming 2022 election cycle, that means up to $7.2 million of public funds per candidate would be given to candidates. This is not how the government should be spending your money.”