- The House passed Bill 229-203, with nine Republicans voting for it.
- House GOP leaders were lashing out against the bill
- A similar version has the support of 10 Republicans in the Senate.
- Bill clarifies the ‘ceremonial’ role of the Vice President in electoral vote counting
- Trump and allies wanted then-VP Pence to refuse to accept Biden vote in 2020
- “This bill would prevent Congress from illegally electing its own president,” said co-author Cheney.
- Republicans called it a political stunt two months before the election
The House on Wednesday passed a bill to reform the Electoral Count Act, which Liz Cheney and other supporters say would make it clear that the vice president’s role in counting electoral votes is purely ceremonial, and meant to measure election results. To try to reverse is to prevent future attempts. ,
It cleared the chamber on a mostly party-line vote, 229-203, with nine Republicans joining all Democrats to vote, even as Republican leaders ‘whip’ against the bill.
Cheney (R-Voy.) said, “This bill would prevent Congress from illegally electing itself president.”
The bill makes more sweeping changes than a fellow Senate version, which has garnered the support of at least 10 Republican senatorsâgiving it the ability to stave off a Republican filibuster in the Senate, where there is enough legislation these days to move. It takes 60 votes for
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said, ‘This bill would prevent Congress from illegally electing its own president.’ The House on Wednesday passed the law he co-authored to reform the Electoral Counting Act.
Trump-aligned Republicans argued that the law should not be prioritized and that the move was a political stunt by Democrats ahead of November’s midterm elections.
If Republicans take the House, a new Congress is far less likely to pass such legislation.
It came as Cheney enacted legislation to prevent his political nemesis Donald Trump from having a ‘corrupt Congress’ to count the Electoral College votes after the people vote for president.
Role of the 12th Amendment for the Vice President
‘President of the Senate’ [the vice president] In the presence of the Senate and the House of Representatives, all certificates will be opened and votes will be counted. The person who receives the most votes for the President shall be the President, if this number is a majority of the total number of elected electors.’
12th amendment to the constitution
The bill, along with the US Constitution, regulates how states and Congress certify voters and declare presidential election winners.
While the process has long been routine and formal, Trump and a group of his aides and lawyers unsuccessfully tried to exploit loopholes in the law in an attempt to reverse his defeat to Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Trump also argued on January 6 that then-Vice President Mike Pence lacked the ‘courage’ to refuse to count votes certified by the states and sent to Washington.
The President’s action is a subject being examined by the House 6 January Committee.
Democrats are pushing to pass the bill before the end of the year and before the 2024 election cycle as Trump considers another run.
The law would set the new criteria around a January 6 joint session of Congress, which takes place every four years after the presidential election.
Last year, the day turned violent after hundreds of Trump supporters disrupted proceedings, barged into the building and put the lives of Pence and members of Congress at risk. The rioters echoed Trump’s false claims of widespread fraud and wanted Pence to block Biden’s victory as he presided over the joint session.
A total of 139 House Republicans and eight Senate Republicans voted that day to challenge the election results certified by the states.
Representative Jamie Ruskin said, ‘What we’re trying to do is, shall we say, an ancient type of device, the Electoral College, and update it so that it works for us in America in the 21st century.’ D-MD.)
Cheney said the law intended to ensure that future January 6 sessions are ‘a Minister’s Day, as envisioned by the Constitution’.
Ahead of the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the legislation was necessary as states across the country attempted to change election laws to make it easier to rule out future results.
“It is now our grave duty to ensure that future attempts to undermine our elections do not succeed,” Pelosi said.
The bill would make it clear in law that the role of the vice president presiding over the enumeration is only ceremonial and he cannot change the results.
It also stipulates that each state can only send a certified set of voters after Trump aides have illegally tried to put together alternate slates of pro-Trump voters in swing states where Biden won.
Nine Republicans join Democrats in voting for the bill
Ceremonial: The bill clarifies the ‘ceremonial’ role of the Vice President, who presides over a joint session for the Senate and counting of electoral votes.
Cheney cites ‘possibility of another attempt to steal the presidential election’
The bill states that ‘On January 6, 2021, a crowd claiming 25 support for then-President Trump called on the 46th Joseph R. Violently attacked the United States Capitol in an attempt to prevent the vote of the electorate nominating Biden from being authenticated. President of the United States’
Bill is moving fast, is expected to be voted on in the House this week
Rape. Zoe Lofgren, D-California., sponsored the bill
“This bill will make it difficult to convince people that they have the right to overthrow the election,” Lofgren said.
The legislation would increase the threshold for individual lawmakers’ objections to any state’s electoral votes, requiring one-third of the House and one-third of the Senate to object to trigger votes on the results in both houses. Currently, only one legislator in the House and one legislator in the Senate has to object. The House bill would set a very narrow ground for those objections, an attempt to thwart unfounded or politically motivated challenges.
In addition, the bill would require courts to get involved if state or local officials wish to delay a presidential vote or refuse to certify the results.
The House vote comes as the Senate moves on a similar track with enough Republican support to ensure passage before the end of the year. After months of negotiations, House Democrats introduced their legislation on Monday and an accelerated vote two days later to send the bill to the Capitol and resolve differences. A bipartisan group of senators introduced the law this summer and a Senate committee is expected to vote on it next week.
While the House bill is more detailed than the Senate version, both bills cover similar premise and members of both houses are optimistic that they can iron out the differences. And despite a mostly party-line vote in the House, supporters are encouraged by a bipartisan effort in the Senate.
“Both sides want a clear set of rules, and it’s an ancient law that no one understands,” said longtime GOP attorney Benjamin Ginsberg. ‘All parties benefit from clarity.’
House GOP leaders encouraged their members to vote against the law. He said the involvement of courts could drag the elections and added that the bill would take away the powers from the states.
This bill is an ‘attempt to unionize our elections’, ‘Rep. Guy Reichenthaler, R-Pa’ said on the Table of the House. He argued that voters are more focused on the economy and other issues than on election law.
“In my Pennsylvania area, no one is talking about this,” Reichenthaler said.
Illinois Representative Rodney Davis, Lofgren’s GOP counterpart on the House Administration Committee, said Democrats are “trying desperately to talk about their favorite topic, and that’s former President Donald Trump.”
Democrats said the bill is not only a response to Trump, but also a way to prevent objections and mischief from all candidates in the future.
“If you think this law is an attack on President Trump, you haven’t read the law because there is nothing in attacking President Trump,” said Ruskin, another member of the January 6 panel. ‘It’s about reforming the Electoral Count Act so it works for the American people.’
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-MD, was Blunter. He criticized Republicans who defended Trump’s actions that day and who downplayed the former president’s efforts to reverse the election results.
Hoyer called the Republican opposition a “rationalization of what I believe to be treason.” … It was rationalized then, and sadly it is now being rationalised.’
The bill refers to the January 6 attack on the Capitol, which it says is intended to ‘prevent other future illegal attempts to overturn presidential elections and ensure a future peaceful transfer of presidential power’.
The bill calls for a ‘limited extension of time’ to submit to voters – to provide more time for challenges, amid an effort by Trump aides to send Pence back to voters in states beyond the January 6 statutory deadline , despite dozens of prior defeats in court .
The exception would be for a ‘catastrophic event’ in the state which ‘prevented a large part of the state’s electorate from voting on such day, or destroyed a substantial part of the ballot papers already cast’.
The number affected ‘should be in relation to one or more presidential electors a sufficient number to potentially affect that candidate’s ability to win an election.’
It also builds in some financial incentives, in the wake of a series of attempts to block or invalidate votes in states that went for Joe Biden.
‘If a court finds that a person filing for delay in proceedings does not have ‘good faith grounds for the factual or legal arguments contained in the proceeding’, he shall face three times the fees of lawyers for both parties in the action. may have to.’ according to the bill.
It would also require the states to hold elections under the rules before the day of the election.
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