The House of Representatives will begin voting on Wednesday on aIt is an attempt by Republican Representative Liz Cheney and others to prevent another when pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to disrupt electoral vote counting from the 2020 presidential election.
The Presidential Election Reform Act, sponsored by Cheney and fellow Jan. 6 Committee member, Representative Zoe Lofgren, ensures that Congress receives electoral certification from each state that accurately reflects the will of voters, and requires Congress to count electoral votes as the Constitution states and reaffirms that the role of Representative The president’s approval of electoral votes is merely a ministerial role, after former President Trump publicly urged then-Vice President Mike Pence to “refuse select voters by fraud.” Pence refused, saying he had no authority to do so.
The bill also increases the threshold for any objection made in the House or Senate to a state’s electoral votes, from one member in each chamber to one-third of a member in each chamber.
The bill is expected to pass the House of Representatives, although it is unclear how much Republican support it will receive. House Republican leaders encourage Republican members to vote against the bill. The measure will still need to pass the Senate before it can be signed off by President Biden.
The first vote on the presidential election reform law on Wednesday is procedural. The timing of the vote on the bill’s final passage has not yet been announced.
“What Donald Trump tried to get the vice president to do was illegal under current law, and we start emphasizing that, but then we need to take steps to make sure that next January 6 is something that doesn’t happen again,” Cheney said. Call Tuesday.
In the Senate, Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced Wednesday that a similar bill, the Electoral Counting Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act, now has 10 Republican and 10 Democratic participants. The fact that there are 10 Republicans who have signed on as co-sponsors indicates that there is enough support for the bill to pass in the Senate.
“We are pleased that bipartisan support continues to grow for these reasonable and much-needed reforms to the Electoral Counting Act of 1887,” Manchin and Collins said in a statement Wednesday. “Our bill is supported by election law experts and organizations from across the ideological spectrum. We will continue to work to increase bipartisan support for our legislation that would correct the flaws in this ancient and obscure law.”
– Rebecca Kaplan contributed to this report