A bipartisan group spoke on election legislation on Wednesday as Democrats push to change Senate rules so they can vote for themselves.
GOP Sen. Susan collinsSusan Margaret Collins Biparty Senate group calls for elections amid reform talks US lawmakers assess new COVID-19 stimulus funding for businesses Biden’s court choices face fierce opposition from GOP PLUS (Maine) called the bipartisan appeal on Wednesday, a source familiar to The Hill confirmed.
As part of the discussion, Senators spoke about the Electoral Count Act, the source added, an 1887 law that describes how Congress formally counts Electoral College results, as lawmakers did in the year. last January 6.
The law has come under the spotlight this week as lawmakers from both sides and both houses have shown interest in making changes after the old one. President TrumpDonald TrumpPelosi on the eve of January 6: Capitol rioters ‘lost’ offer to stop peaceful transfer of power MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell sues Jan 6 panel on subpoena for phone records Biparty Senate group organizes election call amid reform talks MORE, backed by dozens of Congressional Republicans, attempted to use Congressional tally of Electoral College votes to challenge the results in key battlefield states. Republicans unsuccessfully challenged the results in Arizona and Pennsylvania, a process that was halted for hours after a pro-Trump mob raped the Capitol.
Two ideas that have been rejected by lawmakers as potential areas for reform codify that the vice president cannot reject state results as Trump pressured the former vice president Mike penceMichael (Mike) Richard Pence’s bipartisan Senate group holds elections amid reform talks Thompson says he wants Pence to voluntarily address the Jan.6 panel. do, and increase the number of lawmakers who must sign an objection in order to force a House and Senate vote on the challenge.
But it is unclear if, or when, lawmakers will step up formal negotiations on amending the electoral count law.
Democrats are pursuing more sweeping electoral and voting rights reforms. Majority Leader in the Senate Charles schumerChuck SchumerBiden and Obama to speak at Reid’s funeral in Nevada Garland promises “all-round” lawsuits through January 6 For the sake of the planet, Build Back Better must be saved MORE (DN.Y.) has vowed to force a vote by Jan. 17 on changing the Senate legislative obstruction to 60 votes if Republicans block voting rights legislation again.
Although the leader of the minority in the Senate Mitch mcconnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell The bipartisan Senate group calls for elections amid reform talks (R-Ky.) Said on Wednesday that the changes to the 1887 law “were worth discussing,” Schumer and the White House made it clear that they would not support giving up their voting rights in exchange of negotiations on changes to the law elections.
“That doesn’t make any sense. If you’re going to rig the game and then say, ‘Oh, we’ll be counting the rigged accurately,’ what good? They now wanted to both rig the game and rig the count. But to say Simply, “We won’t be rigging the count, but we’re going to rig the game,” makes no sense, “Schumer told reporters this week.
The White House added in a statement that Biden is “committed to voting rights legislation.”
Democrats and outside groups were also quick to signal that they saw McConnell opening the door to changes to the voter count law as a way to try and distract from discussions of Democrats’ obstruction.
Sense. Joe manchinJoe Manchin’s bipartisan Senate group is organizing an election call amid reform talks. Biden’s Jan.6 push for unity could ‘ring hollow’ in deeply divided nation Biden and Harris to speak out on Atlanta voting rights next week MORE (DW.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten Sinema Biparty Senate Group Hosts Election Call Amid Reform Talks Biden and Harris to Speak Out on Atlanta Voting Rights Next Week Majority of Arizona Voters Support Election Reform: Poll MORE (D-Ariz.) – none of them pledged to support filibuster reform in a significant hurdle to Democrats’ hopes of passing party line rule changes – were all both at Collins’ call, according to the 19, who first reported the conversation.
“The McConnell-arranged team that sank Build Back Better by crafting a handy fruit infrastructure bill is back to prevent serious voting rights reform by discussing ECA fixes.” , tweeted Brian Fallon, executive director of the progressive group Demand Justice.