WASHINGTON — A bipartisan pair on Monday drafted legislation aimed at preventing future attempts to reverse the election after a January 6 committee, and House leaders are eyeing a vote earlier this week.
The Electoral Count Act, the presidential election reform act unveiled by Reps Liz Cheney, R-Vy., and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., is an archaic law that regulates the counting of electoral votes, introduced by former President Donald Trump and his Allies tried to exploit it to stay in power after losing the 2020 election.
The 38-page bill would clarify that the vice president’s role in counting votes is only ministerial and raises the threshold for objections from one member of the House and Senate to one-third of each House voter. According to an official summary, governors and states would be required to send voters to Congress for candidates winning elections based on state law prior to election day, meaning that states would retroactively change their election rules after the election. cannot change from
The law is expected to be reviewed by the rules committee on Tuesday. Last week, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-MD, informed members that the entire House could consider the bill this week, which could take place on Wednesday.
Cheney and Lofgren wrote in one, “Our proposal intends to preserve the rule of law for all future presidential elections in order to ensure that selfish politicians cannot guarantee from the people that our government will protect the governed people.” derives its power from consent.” Opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal. “We look forward to working with our colleagues in the House and Senate towards this goal.”
The measure takes a different approach than the Senate’s version, which is the product of months of bipartisan talks and is scheduled for a committee markup later this month. For example, a Senate bill would require a fifth of each chamber to force voters to vote to object.
The Senate is moving toward voting on its bill in a lame-duck session between the November 8 election and the new Congress sitting on January 3. Unlike the House, which only needs a simple majority to pass a bill, the Senate needs 60 to clear a filibuster, meaning Democrats have to put any stalemate on President Joe Biden’s desk for enactment. At least 10 Republican votes would be needed to send the bill.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Monday he has not reviewed the Cheney-Lofgren bill, but supports the cause for changes to election laws.
“We must do it in a timely manner. The sooner the better,” he told NBC News, adding that the lame-duck session as the deadline to vote is “realistic, at least from a Senate perspective.”
Last week, another bipartisan pair of lawmakers – Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D.N.J., and Fred Upton, R-Mitch. – Created a separate election reform bill that mirrored the Senate proposal, written by censors Joe Manchin, DW.VA, and Susan Collins, R-Main.
But by bringing the Cheney-Lofgren bill to the floor this week, House Democratic leaders are sending a clear signal about where their caucus is on the issue. Democrats are expected to integrate behind the measure, which will also attract some Republican votes, although it is unclear how many.
“I support any law that would prevent another law from becoming another January 6th and strengthen electoral integrity and security in our great country,” Gotheimer told NBC News on Monday. “The key is getting it done.”
Scott Wong contribution,