Research Links and Discussion Questions for April 2021 Topics

RESEARCH LINKS

Issue 1: H.R.1/Election Reform
Congress.gov: H.R.1 – “For the People Act of 2021”                   
Conservative Action Project: “Conservatives Oppose H.R.1, Fantasy of the Left”   
Brennan Center for Justice: “Congress Must Pass the ‘For the People Act’”       
Roll Call: “10 Things You Might Not Know about HR 1”               
Heritage Foundation: “H.R.1 Is a Threat to American Democracy”           
Fox News: “H.R.1 Imperils Free and Fair Elections, Here Are the Worst Parts”   
            
Issue 2: D.C. Statehood
Congress.gov: H.R.51 – “Washington, D.C. Admission Act”               
Cato Institute: “D.C. Statehood Is a Fool’s Errand”                  
League of Women Voters: “D.C. Statehood Tool Kit”                   
Heritage Foundation: “D.C. Statehood Bill Is Constitutionally Dubious, Flawed”   
Rep. Norton: “The Fight for D.C. Statehood”                      
51 for 51 Website: “Issues”                              

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Issue 1: H.R.1/Election Reform

  1. Do you support or oppose H.R.1? If you were speaking to a person who disagreed, what is the strongest argument in support of your position?
  2. Does H.R.1 represent government overreach? Why or why not?
  3. Are the bill’s ethics provisions necessary? Why or why not?
  4. Are H.R.1’s improvements in access to elections, through ease of registration, early voting, and more accurate voter rolls, necessary? Why or why not?
  5. Do the disclosure provisions around political ads and political spending represent a threat to free speech, or a needed opening to identify who is influencing our democracy?

Issue 2: D.C. Statehood

  1. What are some of the reasons that Republicans oppose making D.C. a state?
  2. Why do you think the framers of the U.S. Constitution decided that the nation’s capital should not be located in any state?
  3. What rights are people in D.C. denied that other Americans enjoy?
  4. Why did it require a constitutional amendment to give people in D.C. the right to vote for President?
  5. Democrats are for D.C. statehood, but Republicans are against it. What might account for such differing views on this issue?