Ralph Abraham on Government Reform
Term limits for Congress, plus no salary
No Career Politicians: Men and women should serve in Congress to give back to their communities and not consider it a profession. I support term limits for Members of Congress.
No Salary: It should be an honor and a privilege
to serve your country and NOT a paid position. If law dictates a salary, then I will donate the salary ($174,000/year) to charities; YOU should not pay a penny for representation.
Source: 2014 Louisiana House campaign website, RalphAbraham.com
, Dec 5, 2014
Require photo ID for voting
Q: People should be able to vote without photo identification?
Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Louisiana House race
, Sep 30, 2014
No holiday on election day; no same-day registration.
Abraham voted NAY For the People Act of 2019
- This bill expands voter registration and voting access, makes Election Day a federal holiday, and limits removing voters from voter rolls.
- The bill provides for states to establish independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions.
- The bill also sets forth provisions for sharing intelligence information with state election officials, and supporting states in securing their election systems, and establishing the National Commission to Protect U.S. Democratic Institutions.
- This bill addresses campaign spending, by expanding the ban on foreign nationals contributing to or spending on elections; and expanding disclosure rules.
- This bill establishes an alternative campaign funding system [with] federal matching of small contributions for qualified candidates.
- The bill also requires candidates for President and Vice President to submit 10 years of tax returns.
Opposing argument from the Heritage Foundation, 2/1/2019: HR1 federalizes and micromanages
the election process administered by the states, imposing unnecessary mandates on the states and reversing the decentralization of the American election process. What HR1 Would Do:
- Seize the authority of states to regulate the voting process by forcing states to implement early voting, automatic voter registration, same-day registration, online voter registration, and no-fault absentee balloting.
- Make it easier to commit fraud at the polls through same-day registration, as election officials have no time to verify the accuracy of voter registration.
- Degrade the accuracy of registration lists by automatically registering individuals from state databases, such as DMV.
- Cripple the effectiveness of state voter ID laws by allowing individuals to vote without an ID and merely signing a statement in which they claim they are who they say they are.
Legislative outcome: Passed House 234-193-5 on 3/8/19; received with no action in Senate thru 12/31/2019
Source: Supreme Court case 19-S949 argued on Jan 3, 2019
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