From the left, CNN crows on how this bill will stop the one time Republicans protested the count
Mitch McConnell gives big boost to electoral bill in response to January 6 attack
CNN blathers on without much thought on how this might prevent the next House floor speech by Maxine Waters or Sheila Jackson-Lee.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday he would support legislation that would make it harder to overturn a certified presidential election, an endorsement that will bolster its chances for passage in his chamber and puts him at sharp odds with former President Donald Trump, who has called on GOP senators to sink the plan.
McConnell said the “chaos” of the pro-Trump attack on the Capitol last year “certainly underscored the need for an update.”
“I strongly support the modest changes that our colleagues in the working group have fleshed out after literally months of detailed discussions,” McConnell said. “I’ll proudly support the legislation, provided that nothing more than technical changes are made to its current form.”
“Congress’ process for counting the presidential electors’ votes was written 135 years ago. The chaos that came to a head on January 6th of last year certainly underscored the need for an update,” added McConnell. “So did Januaries 2001, 2005 and 2017. In each of which, Democrats tried to challenge the lawful election of a Republican president.”
Last week, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and the vast majority of House Republicans opposed >their chamber’s version of the bill that would amend the Electoral Count Act of 1887. While the House bill has a number of similarities with the Senate’s version, including ensuring the vice president only has a ministerial role in overseeing a joint session of Congress approving state-certified electoral results, it differs in some of its details. Among the differences: The number of lawmakers who would be required to force the House and Senate to vote to overturn a state’s certified electoral results and the procedures for resolving election disputes in federal courts.
Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins and West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin have already lined up 10 Republican co-sponsors for their so-called Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act, enough support to surpass a filibuster with 50 Democratic votes.
The Senate bill would make a number of changes to the Electoral Count Act, and the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, in an attempt to address ambiguity in electoral law that Trump tried to exploit.
It would increase the number of House and Senate members required to raise an objection to election results when a joint session of Congress meets to certify them. One House member and one senator can currently object to electoral votes, sending them to a vote in Congress; If either chamber rejects the objection, the votes are counted. The Senate bill would require the support of one-fifth of each chamber to raise an objection. The House bill would raise the threshold even higher – to one-third of each chamber – to force both chambers to vote on whether to throw out a state’s electoral results.
In an effort to respond to Trump allies who tried to send fake electors to Congress, both bills try to make it harder for there to be any confusion over the electors themselves. In the Senate bill, it states that each state’s governor would be responsible for submission of a certificate that identifies electors, eliminating the potential for multiple state officials sending multiple slates of electors. But the bills differ in how lawsuits challenging election results can be taken up in federal court, with the House bill offering new avenues to sue, something some key Senate Republicans oppose.
In a clear response to Trump’s efforts to get then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject the electoral results of states that President Joe Biden won, both bills establish the vice president’s role as purely ceremonial. The Senate bill would deny the vice president the power to “solely determine, accept, reject, or otherwise adjudicate or resolve disputes over the proper list of electors, the validity of electors, or the votes of electors.”
(Read more at CNN)
For all the “good intentions” for “their side,” it has always been the law of unintended consequences that has ruled
When evangelicals of the 1950’s made laws in states like Oklahoma and Kansas aiming to curtail the effects of Catholic schools, the overwhelming numbers of schools those laws got applied to were evangelical schools in the 1970’s through the 90’s.
Of course, we should know all about unintended consequences. For the past few years our “benevolent leaders” have shut our businesses down due to a disease that has a mortality rate so low that Johns Hopkins stopped recording it in September 2022. Due to that shutdown, those “benevolent leaders” printed money and threw it around. Now America has inflation that ranges between 8.5 and 15%, depending on your location.
Additionally, there are the unintended consequences that seem to be at the origin of COVID. Whether you believe the pretty-much-disproven tale that this all started at the wet market in China or a U.S. (a.k.a. Fauci) funded lab in Wuhan (where it seems there were ties to the Chinese army), this has been little but unintended consequences. That is, billions have died worldwide because one of the following happened:
- Someone picked up the wrong wild animal at a market in China or
- The U.S. paid for virus-manipulating research in China (seeking to head off the next big illness) and it got away or
- The Chinese army was using our money to create a weapon that got out (and they are still shutting down cities) or …
Let me remind you that it has been the Democrats who have most often (with Bush/Gore, Trump/Clinton, and many other elections) stood on the floor of the House and protested the count of the Electoral College. There are many videos of Waters, Jackson-Lee, and other Democrats railing at the counts. Therefore, this will come back to bite the originators of this bill.
From the squishy middle, The Hill points to McConnell’s support of the bill
McConnell backs the Senate’s Electoral Count Act bill
The Hill mentions McConnell’s support for the Senate version of the bill while disclosing some of the swampier details of the bill.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he supports the Electoral Count Reform Act, which aims to protect future elections by making changes to the 1887 Electoral Count Act.
McConnell’s support gives a big boost to the legislation led by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), in part a response to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol that took place as Congress was trying to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“I strongly support the Collins legislation as introduced, and assuming that we make no changes here today, or at the most technical changes, I’ll be proud to vote for it and to help advance it,” McConnell said in a floor speech prior to the Rules Committee markup of the bill.
McConnell is taking on former President Trump by backing the bill. Trump has pressed Republicans to oppose the legislation, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) voted against a House version of the bill approved last week.
The Electoral Count Reform Act would clarify some procedures described by the 1887 law, including the roles of the vice president as well as state lawmakers in verifying the election of a president.
The bill introduces reforms to recognize a single, conclusive slate of electors in each state — battling a Trump plan to send “fake” elector certificates from key states won by President Biden.
It also affirms that the vice president’s role in the election is “solely ministerial” and raises the threshold for objecting to a state’s Electoral College results. Currently just one member of each chamber can object to a state’s results, but the bill would require one-fifth of each body to back the effort.
These changes would make it more difficult to make the kinds of challenges to the 2020 presidential election that took place on Jan. 6. On that day, after weeks in which Trump had insisted without evidence that the election had been stolen from him, a mob invaded the Capitol, forcing the evacuation of lawmakers and then-Vice President Mike Pence and temporarily delaying the certification.
Many in the mob thought Pence could stop the results of the certification of the Electoral College by a joint session of Congress. The law also currently allows one member of the House and one member of the Senate from a state’s congressional delegation to object to their state’s Electoral College results, which forces votes by the full House and Senate on the objection.
The Senate and House proposals differ in a few ways, including a provision in the House bill that would require one-third of each chamber to back a vote to challenge a state’s electoral results.
(Read more at The Hill)
McConnell’s support. That really helps.
Of all the things that The Hill could focus upon, the support of McConnell remains as one thing that provides the least assurance that this bill will not come back to bite America. In fact, with his support, I would like to look over it to ensure that there is not an exclusion built into the bill for the benefit of China.
On the right, the Washington Examiner seems to suggest a swampy subterfuge in the Senate
McConnell endorses bipartisan electoral reform bill
The Washington Examiner seems to push at a subtle (but sometimes strong) scent of the swamp in the Senate.
The bill, intended to make it harder to object to presidential election results following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot , received the Republican leader’s endorsement during a Tuesday floor speech. A similar piece of legislation passed the House last week.
“I strongly support the modest changes that our colleagues in the working group have fleshed out after months of detailed discussions,” McConnell said. “I will proudly support the legislation, provided that nothing more than technical changes are made to its current form.”
McConnell acknowledged the danger on Jan. 6 that resulted from attempts to use vague language in the Electoral Count Act to overturn the 2020 election but invoked Democrats who have tried to challenge election results in the past. He said the agreement addresses all of the “modest but important things without capitulating to our Democratic colleagues’ obsession with a sweeping federal takeover of all of our election law.”
The electoral reform bill ultimately cleared the Senate Rules Committee 14-1, with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) being the lone “no” vote. The legislation has 11 Democrats and 11 Republicans backing it and is likely to pass the full Senate once brought up for a vote.
In endorsing the bill, McConnell is breaking with his House counterparts. House GOP leadership whipped a “no” vote when the legislation came up in the lower chamber, but the House version goes further than the Senate’s. Only nine Republicans voted with Democrats to pass it.
(Read more at the Washington Examiner)
While McConnell did use the Democrat’s nuclear option against them, this may be different
Admittedly, McConnell has used a few of the missteps of the Democrats against them. Most notably, he has applied the nuclear option to getting Trump’s judicial nominees through over the complaints of those that previously used the nuclear option.
However, Mitch (the swamp dweller) has one indelible characteristic: his Machiavellian traits. Nobody can get around that.