, 2022-09-21 10:49:00,
The bill Cheney and Lofgren have put forward introduces new laws and strengthens existing ones to prevent individual state officials or members of Congress from subverting election results.
“The Electoral Count Act of 1887 should be amended to prevent other future unlawful efforts to overturn Presidential elections and to ensure future peaceful transfers of Presidential power,” the bill reads.
The House had been set to vote as soon as Wednesday, but Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters the timing for the legislation is up in the air because of “moving parts,” one of them being separate proposals on policing and public safety that were still being negotiated and that could get a vote in advance of Cheney and Lofgren’s bill. A source on background added that if there is a deal on policing legislation, that would go to the floor first and push the vote on the legislation regarding the Electoral Count Act to Thursday.
In their op-ed published Sunday in the Wall Street Journal, the pair wrote, “Our proposal is intended to preserve the rule of law for all future presidential elections by ensuring that self-interested politicians cannot steal from the people the guarantee that our government derives its power from the consent of the governed.”
It’s unclear how many House Republicans will back the plan. House GOP Whip Steve Scalise sent a message to members of the Republican conference Tuesday whipping against the bill.
Cheney said on a Tuesday call that there are “a lot of similarities” with the Senate’s version of the bill and she will continue to work “expeditiously” to reconcile the legislation.
“I think, you know, we are going to end up in a situation…
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