House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a recent news conference that she supported the prospect of lowering the voting age from 18 to 16, as was proposed in an amendment to the Democratic-backed H.R. 1 bill that would have overhauled U.S. election campaign finance laws.
“I myself, personally, I’m not speaking for my caucus, I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16,” Pelosi said when asked about her thoughts on the issue. “I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school when they’re interested in all of this when they’re learning about government to be able to vote.”
“Some of the priorities in this bill are about transparency and openness and accessibility, and the rest,” she added. “That’s a subject of debate but my view is that I would welcome it, but I’ve been in that position for a long time.”
The issue was debated in the House last week on H.R. 1. Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley introduced the amendment, but it failed 126-305, according to The Daily Caller.
H.R. 1, however, did pass the House through its Democratic majority, despite opposition from the ACLU, the Daily Caller reported.
The ACLU objected to DISCLOSE portion of the bill, which it said would “unconstitutionally infringe the freedoms of speech and association.”
That section in question would require the disclosure of “names and addresses of donors who gave $10,000 or more to organizations that engage in ‘campaign-related disbursements,’ which includes electioneering communications and independent expenditures.”
“I disagree with the ACLU on this. In terms of legislation, we couldn’t be prouder of H.R. 1.” Pelosi said when asked by the Caller about the ACLU’s concerns. “This is about reducing the role of big dark special interest money in politics and empowering small donors. It’s about ending voter suppression. It’s about making re-districting fairer. It’s really a source of joy and hope to so many people in the country.”
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 14, 2019