A number of GOP lawmakers are urging Congress to pass a voter ID law in the wake of the deadly shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The move comes after Republicans in the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill last week that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said that House Republicans should be making an effort to pass voter ID bills, and he called on lawmakers to “work to pass these bills and make sure we do it in a way that will not jeopardize the safety of the American people.”
David Schweikert (R – Ariz.), Jim Jordan (R = Ohio), Mark Sanford (R= S.C.) and Louie Gohmert (R -Texas) sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-) on Thursday asking the speaker to support the proposal.
“If we are serious about protecting the sanctity of our democracy, we must make clear that all Americans should have the same opportunity to vote and to participate in our democracy,” the letter said.
It continued: “It is time to take a leadership position on these important issues that must be addressed by the incoming administration and the Congress.”
In addition to voting to pass the bill, House Republicans also voted on a measure that would provide a $500 rebate for people who have been injured while voting.
The House approved the measure, but only after a bipartisan group of lawmakers passed the legislation to keep it from being voted on by the full House.