It’s jaw-dropping that Congress is only now doing to fix the voter count law, and it’s unlikely to finish the job before a lame session after Election Day.
The 1887 law governs how states and Congress certify voters and presidential election results; he was central to then-President Donald Trump’s efforts to derail Joe Biden’s eventual certification as the winner of 2020 — and thus the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
Democrats have been waving the bloody shirt ever since, but it wasn’t until Tuesday, 622 days after the riot, that the Democratic-controlled House finally proposed a bipartisan bill to clean up the law by passing the Election Reform Act. presidential elections, 229 -203.
Until now, the majority party had tried to link the issue to its broader program of nationalizing (and liberalizing) all electoral laws. Remaining fears that the bill will somehow become a vehicle for this nonsense are Republicans’ main excuse for opposing it, though fears of offending Trump supporters are also clearly present: Only nine GOP representatives (who are all retiring this year) voted for it.
Still, the House bill shouldn’t be controversial: it merely clarifies the vice president’s role in presiding over the count as purely ceremonial, 2) establishes safeguards against state officials who attempt to disregard election results and 3) require one-third of the members of the House and Senate to oppose a state’s voters, rather than just the current legislator in each house, to force a vote complete on the matter.
The Senate’s version of the Voter Count Reform Act is slightly different, meaning it only requires one-fifth of lawmakers in both houses to oppose it. But it’s also a bipartisan bill, with 10 Republicans on board and so sure to pass if no Dems try any last-minute plays; it appears Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is also leaning towards supporting reform.
But it’s unclear when Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will move it to the Senate for passage. (To be fair, a lot of other business is pressing, like making sure the government doesn’t shut down — but that’s another reason Schumer should have done it long ago.)
And then the House and Senate have to mingle for a consensus bill to pass Againwith a few precious working days before November 8th. Hence the likelihood that the fix won’t be done for months yet – with a risk of it being left to the next Congress, when the GOP is likely to at least control the House and the whole thing gets even more complicated (unnecessarily) .
Enough: Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have a duty to the nation to ensure the eventual passage of the bipartisan reform of the voter count law. The peaceful transition of presidential power should never again be in doubt.
New York Post