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EXCLUSIVE: House Republican committee leaders are concerned about President Biden’s vote access executive order and his authority to involve federal agencies in election-related activities.
In a letter to the White House on Tuesday, first obtained by Fox News Digital, Republicans review the executive order on promoting voting access that Biden signed a year ago, which directed federal agencies to create non-partisan plans to promote voter registration and increase voter participation. . They wonder if the new ballot efforts are distracting from the agencies’ real missions.
“By directing federal agencies to go beyond the scope of their missions and engage in political activities, they are diverting valuable resources from their respective programs,” said Rodney Davis, R-Ill., member rankings from the House Administration Committee, in a statement. at Fox News Digital.
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Davis drafted the letter along with eight other GOP leaders to White House Domestic Policy Council Director Susan Rice and Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young. Their offices did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
After Biden signed the executive order in March 2021, more than a dozen federal agencies announced their intention to respond to Biden’s call for whole-of-government action to promote voting access, ranging from the Department of Defense at the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Small Business Administration even became the first federal agency to seek designation as a voter registration agency.
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Biden’s executive order meant that even the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is getting involved in voter registration services, according to the GOP letter. SNAP provides families in need with food benefits to purchase groceries.
“The use of the multi-billion dollar national nutrition program to implement the Biden administration’s voter registration program is not only cause for concern, but one that requires further examination,” they said. wrote the GOP lawmakers.
Joining Davis on the letter are Pennsylvania Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, the Agriculture Committee’s top Republican; Missouri Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, the senior member of the Small Business Committee; Kentucky Rep. James Comer, a ranking member of the House Oversight Committee; and Washington Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Also on the letter are: North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx, Education and Labor Committee Ranking Member; Maryland Rep. Andy Harris, senior member of the farm credit subcommittee; Wisconsin Rep. Bryan Steil, Ranking Member on the Elections Subcommittee; and Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack, a senior member of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee.
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Lawmakers are asking the White House to answer questions about agency voting plans, costs and authority to engage in election-related activities.
“We need to make sure that agencies like the Small Business Administration focus on supporting our job creators and that the multi-billion dollar Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) does not use funds intended for supporting low-income families is the policy goals of the Biden administration,” Davis said in a statement.