Trump and G.O.P. lawmakers: A ‘war on the American voter’

On Thursday, the GOP-led House of Representatives passed a resolution that was widely seen as a way to advance the “War on the Americans Voter.”

The resolution, authored by Reps.

David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Kevin Brady (R,TX), directs the president to designate “all voter registration organizations and organizations associated with voter registration programs as foreign agents of the United States” and bars the U.S. government from providing any aid to them.

It also prohibits federal funding from being used to fight voter fraud, which Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress believe to be a threat to elections.

As part of the GOP bill, the president is to appoint a commission to study the “war on voter fraud,” which is expected to produce a report in the fall of 2020.

“There are a number of other provisions in the legislation that could be interpreted as targeting the American people,” said Steve Schmidt, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a nonpartisan research and policy organization.

“I don’t think you can see that as a justification for restricting the voting rights of Americans.”

The Trump administration has also expressed concern about the bill, which was first introduced in 2016 and has not yet been ratified by the Senate.

“While it is not a new law, it is the first time we’ve had to take a step back from the War on the Voter, and this bill represents an effort to roll back decades of progress,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

“This legislation would be a direct attack on our democracy and the democratic process that we all cherish.”

A spokesperson for the president did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Senate passed the legislation on Tuesday, but the House of Delegates, which is controlled by the Democrats, did not take it up until Wednesday, just before the Senate voted.

The GOP-controlled House also rejected a proposal from Rep. Mark Meadows (R–NC) to create a commission on voter registration to examine “the impact of election integrity laws” on elections.

The Trump Administration, however, has not formally endorsed the House bill, and it is unclear whether it will be signed into law.

“The president has the constitutional authority to designate foreign agents,” a spokesperson for Trump told the Washington Post in an email.

“Congressional Democrats have no intention of enforcing that authority.”

The House of Representative voted overwhelmingly in favor of the resolution Thursday afternoon, with 95 Democrats in favor and 10 Republicans opposed.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment from Newsweek.