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The Nation Speaks (March 13): Outcry Over H.R. 1; Ashli Babbitt Shooting Lawsuit; Gender Council Called Sexist

On this week’s The Nation Speaks, critics are ringing alarm bells over the sweeping new federal powers contained in House Bill H.R. 1, or the “For the People Act.” The act has been passed by House Democrats; Senate Republicans say they will do everything they can to stop it.

Hans VonSpakovsky—senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a former Federal Election Commissioner—warns that the bill would cement into law many of the voting practices that caused chaos during the 2020 election. David Keating, president of the Institute for Free Speech, says half of the provisions in the nearly 800-page bill severely limit free speech for everyone but politicians.

Both experts expect a host of constitutional challenges if the bill becomes law.

On this week’s America Q&A we ask: “What do you think most Americans can agree on?”

Then we speak with Terry Roberts, the lawyer representing Ashli Babbitt’s husband and family. Babbitt was the 34-year-old Air Force vet who was shot and killed by police in the Capitol on January 6. Her family is preparing a lawsuit.

Finally, the White House has just created a Gender Policy Council. Warren Farrell, author of “The Boy Crisis,” calls the council sexist, racist, and anti-unity. Find out why on The Nation Speaks.