(Fargo, ND) -- North Dakota Senator John Hoeven is talking about HR1. The legislation is often referred to as the "voting rights bill". Hoeven describes the bill in different terms and is critical of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for pushing it.
"He is trying to federalize the elections so congress controls it and the democrats they think that is to their advantage. That is not the way our constitution works. Our founding fathers in their wisdom set up that the states would be in charge of their electors. They purposely did it so you don't have this overbearing federal government that tries to take control of the elections," said Hoeven.
Hoeven spoke about the bill with Flag Family Radio's Scott Hennen. HR1 was passed by the house last March but has not been passed by the Senate. Supporters say the legislation would expand American's access to the ballot box and reduce the influence of big money in politics.
While speaking with Hennen, Hoeven also criticized the work of the House committee investigating the demonstration at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6th 2021.
"Biden ran, democrats ran on the basis that they were going to unite the country, that they were going to bring people together. That is the opposite of what we saw. They needed to come out and say okay for somebody that broke the law they should be held accountable but now lets get together as a country. Lets heal any wounds. Lets work together. Lets move forward. That is not what we saw," said Hoeven.
The senator was also asked about the "Build Back Better Act", and whether he thought the legislation was dead.
"A, I certainly hope it's dead. B, in the form they've been trying to pass it I think it is. I guess the question is, is there some modification that comes around. I'm very concerned about the amount that the government has already spent and the amount of regulation," said Hoeven.