House Passes Electoral Count Reform Bill To Prevent Another Jan. 6 Insurrection

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WASHINGTON — The House passed a measure Wednesday that would marque it harder for lawmakers to entity to statesmanlike predetermination results.

The measure passed with a ballot number of 229 successful favour to 203 against with 9 republicans successful support.

The measure would update the outdated Electoral Count Act of 1887 with the purpose of preventing different insurrection similar the 1 connected Jan. 6, 2021, erstwhile then-President Donald Trump incited a riot astatine the Capitol arsenic portion of his effort to undo his nonaccomplishment successful the 2020 election.

Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), who some service connected the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, introduced the Presidential Election Reform Act this week. The measure would disallow the vice president from interfering with the electoral assemblage effect and rise the threshold for lawmakers to rise objections.

“The president had whipped up a mob, told them that the vice president could overturn the election, and a bulk of the Republicans successful this location voted to cull the determination made by American voters, arsenic reflected successful the electoral college, for nary crushed whatsoever different than sham fraud claims,” Lofgren said connected the House level Wednesday.

Republicans formed the measure arsenic a partisan effort to persecute Trump, ignoring the information that the bill’s main writer is besides a Republican.

“Unfortunately, determination was nary bipartisan effort to code the important concerns that I and truthful galore others person with the Electoral Count Act,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) told HuffPost. “This is conscionable yet different partisan whack astatine Donald Trump by his partisan enemies successful Congress.”

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) attest  during a House Rules Committee proceeding  to sermon   The Presidential Election Reform Act astatine  the U.S. Capitol September 20, 2022, successful  Washington, D.C.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) attest during a House Rules Committee proceeding to sermon The Presidential Election Reform Act astatine the U.S. Capitol September 20, 2022, successful Washington, D.C.

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The House ballot sets up an eventual showdown with the Senate, wherever a bipartisan radical of lawmakers led by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has drafted a akin measure called the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act. While the 2 bills are mostly similar, immoderate cardinal differences volition person to beryllium reconciled earlier President Joe Biden tin motion immoderate changes into law.

Both bills would marque it wide that a vice president cannot change the results of a statesmanlike predetermination and plays nary different relation beyond overseeing the counting process. The bills besides marque it much hard for members of Congress to entity to a state’s electors. Instead of a azygous lawmaker from each chamber, the House measure would necessitate one-third of each enclosure to rise an objection portion the Senate measure requires lone one-fifth.

It is unclear whether the Senate volition ballot connected the measure earlier the midterm elections. But the authorities already has enactment from 10 Republicans, meaning it already has capable enactment to wide the Senate.

Manchin said Congress would walk the measure earlier caller members are sworn successful travel January, and suggested that since the Senate measure requires Republican support, the House would yet person to judge immoderate changes.

“They tin walk those one-side only, we can’t, truthful there’ll beryllium immoderate adjustments,” Manchin said.

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