June 17, 2021
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, led a press conference with 15 Republican senators urging Congress to reject S. 1, Democrats’ massive, 800+ page election legislation.
Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:
“Well, thank you all for being here. Obviously, my colleagues and I are here to talk about S. 1. We haven't seen the final version of S. 1 yet, but it appears to look a whole lot like the original version of S. 1, built on the totally bad foundation of the federal government taking over the structure of elections in 10,000 election jurisdictions around the country.
“You know, in 2016, President Obama said that the diversity of our system was the strength of the system. Now, I don't know if he still believes that or not, but I do. I think states and localities have done a great job for a long time conducting elections.
“This bill is riddled with things that would have a devastating impact on the system. People will lose confidence in the election system if this bill would pass. My colleagues, I'm sure, are going to talk about all of those things, and if not, I'll fill in whatever is untalked about as we have a chance to talk about this bill that will come to the floor next week.
“The Senate should reject this bill. I believe the Senate will reject this bill. And I'm glad to have Senator McConnell here.”