Washington – Rep. Jared Golden joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Chellie Pingree and all but six Democrats to vote against an amendment from Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R – Texas) to a Democrat bill in Congress that proposes sweeping electoral changes.
The amendment sought to clarify that the position of Congress is to oppose allowing non-citizens, including illegal immigrants in some cases, being allowed to vote.
Much has been said elsewhere about the amendment and roll call vote, but the actual text of the amendment has not been made available in most news articles.
Below is the text of the amendment Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree voted against as part of H.R. 1, a bill that imposes sweeping changes to elections in the United States, as transcribed from photos of the amendment provided by House Republican Leadership:
DIVISION D –
UPHOLDING SUFFRAGE IN AMERICA
TITLE XI – UPHOLDING
SUFFRAGE IN AMERICA
This division may be cited as the “Upholding Suffrage in
America Act” or the “USA Act”.
SEC. 11002. FINDINGS.
Congress finds as follows:
(1) Voting is fundamental to a functioning democracy
(2) The Constitution prohibits discrimination in voting based on race, sex, poll taxes, and age
(3) It is of paramount importance that the United States maintains the legitimacy of its elections and protects them from interference, including interference from foreign threats and illegal voting.
(4) The city of San Francisco, California, is allowing non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, to register to vote in school board elections.
(5) Federal law prohibits non-citizens from voting in elections for Federal office.
SEC. 11003. SENSE
It is the sense of Congress that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.