McConnell Backs Electoral Reform Bill
On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) voiced his qualified support for a bipartisan electoral reform bill, a bill that is intended to prevent a reoccurance of the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol. The bill would clarify Congress' role in certifying the results of presidential elections; a similar bill passed the U.S. House last week.
The Senate Rules Committee cleared the electoral reform bill 14 to 1, with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) being the lone "no" vote. It is likely to pass the full Senate when it is brought up for a vote, but it would then have to be reconciled with the House version. For instance, in the House bill, a one-third vote is required in both the House and the Senate to raise objections to states' electoral results, whereas in the Senate bill, the threshold is one-fifth. Currently, only one member in the House and one member in the Senate needs to object, and there is a broader scope of reasons to object than is now being proposed.
The vote on the electoral reform bill will not take place until next week at the earliest, and if if passes, it would reform the 1887 Electoral Count Act, which contains vague language on certification. Sources from across the political spectrum are covering the bipartisan support for this legislation.
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"I'll proudly support the legislation provided that nothing more than practical changes are made to its current form," McConnell said in a floor speech.
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