Rep. Byron Donalds
Rep. Byron Donalds
By U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds

Congressman Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) has issued the following statement condemning President Joe Biden's invocation of Jim Crow laws when defending the Democrats' unconstitutional House Resolution 1 political control bill and their efforts to abolish the filibuster.

In 2005, then-Sen. Biden said, "at its core, the filibuster is not about stopping a nominee or a bill; it is about compromise and moderation. That is why the Founders put unlimited debate in. That is what it is about, engendering compromise and moderation."

Fast-forward to today, and now President Biden is irresponsibly injecting race and the travesty of Jim Crow to oppose the filibuster.

Time after time, Democrats resort to the race card to shield them from having to answer for their hypocrisy and radical policies.

Jim Crow might not mean anything to President Biden, considering he joined segregationists in opposing busing and eulogized known racists like Robert Byrd, but that dark stain on our republic is personal to me and many Black Americans like me.

Elections are the cornerstone of our constitutional republic, and ensuring elections take place legally and adequately isn't racist; it is righteous.

Policies like H.R. 1, the "For the People Act," are a direct assault on our Constitution and the sanctity of our election system and will do irreparable harm to the future of our republic.

The Constitution outlines the responsibility of administering elections, and that power is for the states, not the federal government.

Abolishing voter I.D. laws, ending signature verification, and putting into place taxpayer-funded campaigns is detrimental to every American's right to a free and fair election – and the harmful rhetoric of President Biden cannot evade this fact.

Congressman Byron Donalds grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and is the proud son of a hard-working and loving single mother. He is a graduate of Florida State University. Congressman Donalds lives in Naples, Fla., with his wife, Erika, and their three sons, Damon, Darin and Mason.