The House will begin voting on Wednesday on aan effort by Republican Rep. Liz Cheney and others to prevent another when pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in an effort to disrupt the counting of electoral votes for the 2020 presidential election.
The Presidential Election Reform Act, sponsored by Cheney and Rep. Zoe Loefgren, a member of the House Jan. 6 caucus, ensures that Congress receives an election certificate from each state that accurately reflects the will of the voters, requires Congress to count electoral votes as required by the Constitution. stipulates and reaffirms that the role of the vice president in approving electoral votes is merely ministerial, after former President Trump publicly urged then-Vice President Mike Pence to “reject fraudulently elected electors.” Pence refused, saying that he had no authority to do so.
The bill also raises the threshold for any objection made in the House or Senate to a state’s electoral votes, from one member of each house to one-third of each house.
The bill is expected to pass the House, though it is unclear how much Republican support it will receive. House Republican leaders are encouraging Republican members to vote against the bill. The measure will still need to pass the Senate before it can be signed by President Biden.
The first vote on the Presidential Election Reform Act on Wednesday is procedural; The time of the vote on the final approval of the bill has not yet been announced.
“What Donald Trump tried to convince the Vice President to do was illegal under existing law and we started by stating that, but then we need to take action to make sure another January 6th is something that never happens again,” Cheney said in a statement. release. call Tuesday.
In the Senate, Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced Wednesday that a similar bill, the Voter Counting Reform and Enhanced Presidential Transition Act, now has 10 Republican cosponsors and 10 Democratic cosponsors. The fact that there are 10 Republicans signing on as co-sponsors indicates there is enough support to pass the bill in the Senate.
“We are pleased that bipartisan support continues to grow for these sensible and much-needed reforms to the Voter Count 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 archaic and ambiguous law.”
— Rebecca Kaplan contributed to this report