GOP Rep Offers Surprising Argument in Favor of Democrats’ Widely Mocked Idea to Lower the Voting Age

Several House Democrats proposed the widely mocked idea of lowering the voting age to 16 years old in federal elections, and one GOP lawmaker is surprisingly offering his support.

As IJR Red reported, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) proposed the amendment to HR 1 to change the voting age on March 7.

“Some have questioned the maturity of our youth. I don’t,” she said.

“Beginning at the age of 16, young people are contributing to both the labor force and their local economies by paying income taxes, and yet they are deprived of the opportunity to exercise their right to vote,” Pressley added.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) then offered her support for the amendment, noting she’s “always been” a supporter of lowering the voting age because she thinks “it’s really important to capture kids when they are in high school when they’re interested in all of this, when they’re learning about government.”

The amendment was, however, voted down earlier this month 126-305, with all House Republicans and half of House Democrats voting against it, according to the Washington Examiner.

During his appearance with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Tuesday, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) delivered a surprising argument siding with Democrats on lowering the voting age.

Burgess delivered his argument:

“My first thought was, ‘Oh, no, that’s not a good idea.’ But as I thought about it, you see things through the lens of your own experience. […] What about this structural debt we’re leaving to 16-year-olds, the national debt? This generation of adolescents is going to inherit more debt than any other generation.

What are we afraid of? Sixteen-year-olds are going to be 18-year-olds in the next election cycle. […] They’re not going to be in charge of the government any more than an 18-year-old is in charge today.”

“If what we are afraid of is they’ll vote Democratic, then that’s on us,” he said, defending his reasoning. “We need to talk to people. We have better ideas, we’re the party of emancipation.”

Watch the video below:

While the Texan Republican supports the Democrats’ idea of allowing people at an even younger age to vote in federal elections, several others mocked the idea.

“The voting age at 16 — they’re becoming radical,” President Trump recently said during a Fox Business interview, blasting Democrats’ voting age proposal. “They are radicalized.”

Burgess suggested Democrats are in favor of lowering the voting age because they believe it’ll garner in more votes for their party in future elections.

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Bob Onitt
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didn’t know burgess was a crack head ,must have a payday in there someplace ,in some states the margins are so small a slight shift in the percentages can change the the total out come of an election .i wouldn’t want somebody stupid enough to eat ”tide pods”,and fresh out of the communist indoctrination classes that we call schools now ,that haven’t carried the weight of adult responsibility,and i don’t think 18 year olds should be allowed to vote until they serve two years in the military

Mark Swatzki
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The goony left keeps losing their base. They need to keep rummaging through the cemeteries

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