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House Administration Committee Passes Bill Requiring Proof of U.S. Citizenship to Register to Vote

The House also passed a bill on the floor that repeals a D.C. law that allows noncitizens to vote in federal elections.
Rep. Bryan Steil. Getty
Rep. Bryan Steil. Getty

The Committee on House Administration passed a bill on Thursday that requires proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote nationally in an effort to prevent noncitizens from voting in federal elections.

The Safeguard American Voter Eligibility Act or SAVE Act passed 6-1.

There was a separate bill called the Preventing Foreign Interference in American Elections Act that also passed 6-1. It would prevent foreign nations from contributing to U.S. political campaigns.

"As chairman, I'm committed to ensuring Americans have confidence in their elections. Preventing noncitizen voting and foreign influence in our elections is a critical component of restoring trust in our elections," said Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wis., chairman of the committee, in a statement following the votes at the markup.

"I look forward to seeing these measures come to the floor for consideration soon," he said.

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