October 3, 2022
Voting begins in the House on Electoral Count Act Reform Bill

Voting is being held in the House at 1 pm on Wednesday Bill to reform the Electoral Count ActAttempts to Stop Another by Republican Representative Liz Cheney and Others January 6, 2021When pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to disrupt the counting of electoral votes from the 2020 presidential election.

The Presidential Electoral Reform Act, sponsored by Cheney and fellow House Representative Zoe Lofgren, a January 6 committee member, ensures that Congress receives an electoral certificate from each state that accurately reflects the will of the electorate, to Congress. Electoral votes are required to count as the Constitution stipulates, after former President Trump publicly urged then-Vice President Mike Pence to “reject fraudulently elected voters”, and affirmed that the election The role of the Vice President in approving votes is only ministerial. Pence declined, saying he had no authority to do so.

The bill also raises the limit for any objections raised to a state’s electoral votes in the House or Senate, from one member of each chamber to one-third of each chamber.

“Let me be clear – this is a kitchen table issue for families, and we must make sure this undemocratic conspiracy does not succeed,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the floor of the House ahead of the vote. “It’s a kitchen table issue because by denying the American people the fundamental freedom to choose their own leaders, we deny them their voice in the policies we adopt and those policies play a huge role in their everyday lives.” can bring about change.”

The bill is expected to pass in the House, although it is unclear how much Republican support it will receive. House GOP leaders are encouraging Republican members to vote against the bill. The measure would still need to pass the Senate before it could be signed by President Biden.

Cheney said, “Donald Trump tried to persuade the Vice President to do what was illegal under current law and we start by ratifying that, but we need to take steps to make sure that another 6 May January be something that will never happen again.” Call on Tuesday.

In the Senate, Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced Wednesday that a similar bill, the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act, now has 10 GOP co-sponsors and 10 Democratic co-sponsors. The fact that there are 10 Republicans signing on as cosponsors shows that the Senate has enough support to pass the bill.

“We are pleased that there is increasing bipartisan support for these sensible and much-needed reforms to the Electoral Counts Act of 1887,” Manchin and Collins said in a statement Wednesday. “Our bill is supported by electoral law experts and organizations across the ideological spectrum. We will continue to work to increase bipartisan support for our legislation that will correct the loopholes in this archaic and obscure law.”

The Office of Management and Budget issued a statement of formal support for the Presidential Election Reform Act on Wednesday.

“The Administration shares Congress’s interest in safeguarding the electoral process to uphold the will of the people, as expressed through democratic procedures established by law,” the OMB said. “… Americans deserve more clarity in the process by which their votes will result in the election of President and Vice President.”

— Rebecca Kaplan contributed to this report

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