Mitch McConnell gave a major boost to the election bill in response to the January 6 attacks



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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his support for the legislation on Tuesday. Making it harder to overturn a certified presidential electionAn endorsement would bolster his chances of passage in the chamber and put him sharply at odds with former President Donald Trump, who has called on GOP senators to scuttle the plan.

McConnell said the “confusion” of last year’s pro-Trump attack on the Capitol “definitely underscores the need for a renewal.”

“I strongly support the modest changes our colleagues on the task force have made after months of extensive discussions,” McConnell said. “I would proudly support this legislation in its current form with nothing more than technical changes.”

“Congress’s process for counting presidential electoral votes was written 135 years ago. The chaos that came to a head on January 6 last year certainly underscores the need for an update,” McConnell added. “So did January 2001, 2005 and 2017. In each of them, Democrats sought to challenge the legitimacy of the election of a Republican president.”

Last week, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and a majority of House Republicans objected Their chamber’s version of the bill will correct that Electoral Counting Act, 1887. Although the House bill has many similarities to the Senate version, it differs in some details, including ensuring that the vice president has only a ministerial role in overseeing a joint session of Congress that approves state certified election results. Among the differences: the number of lawmakers who must force the House and Senate to overturn a state’s certified election results and procedures for resolving election disputes in federal courts.

Maine Republican Senate. Susan Collins and the West Virginia Democratic Party of the Senate. Joe Manchin has already lined up 10 Republican co-sponsors for the so-called Election Counting Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act.

The Senate bill would make several changes to the Election Counting Act and the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 in an attempt to address the ambiguities in election law that Trump has tried to exploit.

It would increase the number of House and Senate members required to object to election results during a joint session of Congress. A House member and a Senator can now veto electoral votes, sending them to Congress for a vote; If either chamber rejects the objection, the votes are counted. A Senate bill would require one-fifth of each chamber to vote against it. The House bill would raise the threshold even higher — to one-third in each chamber — forcing both chambers to vote on whether to overturn a state’s election results.

In an attempt to respond to Trump allies who tried to send bogus voters to Congress, both bills try to make it harder for any voter confusion to occur. The Senate bill would make each state’s governor responsible for submitting voter identification, eliminating the possibility of multiple state officials sending multiple voters. But the bills differ on how cases challenging election results can be taken in federal court, with the House bill providing new avenues for litigation that some key Senate Republicans oppose.

In an apparent response to Trump’s efforts to get then-Vice President Mike Pence to overturn election results in states won by President Joe Biden, both bills establish the vice president’s role as purely ceremonial. The Senate bill would deny the vice president the power to “determine, accept, reject, or adjudicate or settle only disputes concerning the validity of the electoral roll, the validity of the electors, or the votes of the electors.”

Constitutional experts now say that the Vice President A state-recognised election result cannot be ignored, Trump pushed Pence to block Electoral College certification in Congress. But Pence refused to do so, and as a result, became the target of mobs from the former president and his supporters He who attacked the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The Senate’s bill is split into two separate proposals, one of which will be voted on by the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday. The other package will go before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, which has not yet considered the measure. The full Senate is unlikely to act before the November midterms, pushing the issue until a lame-duck session of Congress at the end of the year.

It remains uncertain whether the two chambers will be able to reconcile their differences or whether the House will be forced to accept the Senate’s version. Representative of the California Democratic Party. Some House Republicans who opposed their chamber’s bill, drafted by Rep. Joe Lofgren and Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, signaled they would not go through the committee process and instead support the Senate’s plan.

“The resulting product — this bill, as introduced — is the only chance to get a decision and actually make it into law,” McConnell said Tuesday. “It keeps what worked well and modestly updates what didn’t.”

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