While the senators said the work of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol did not affect their work or affect the timing, the legislation was released as the committee prepared evidence that shows how Trump and his allies tried to exploit power. vagueness of the 19th century law, the Electoral Count Act.
Trump pressured Vice President Pence to refuse votes for Joe Biden from certain states, and instead recognized informal voter lists for Trump, but Pence disagreed with the idea that he had the legal authority to do so and worked to Biden as the winner of the election.
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The proposal, led by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin III (DW. V.) are also making it harder for Congress to object to state results in presidential elections. The 19th century law allows one MP and one senator to object. The proposal raises the objection threshold to one fifth of the House and the Senate.
It also clarifies how a presidential candidate can voice concerns about state election by creating a panel of three judges with an accelerated path to the Supreme Court, an issue the senators struggled to agree on.
In a separate piece of legislation, the senators are seeking to clarify the presidential transition and deter violence against polling station officials by doubling the fines for people who intimidate or threaten election workers. It also tries to clarify how the Post handles election mail.
To the chagrin of many on the left, the senators did not address issues such as voter access, an issue that has become partisan.
“We have developed legislation that sets out clear guidelines for our system of certifying and counting electoral votes for president and vice president,” the bipartisan group of senators said in a statement. “We urge our colleagues in both parties to support these simple, sensible reforms.”
The bill would specify that a state can appoint only one set of presidential voters, and only the governor — or an official designated by the state’s constitution or laws — can submit voters to Congress.
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After the 2020 election, groups of rogue voters who supported Trump in a number of states tried to submit their lists to Congress to be counted in place of the legitimate voters who had been won by Biden.
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have given bipartisan negotiators a long line — a sign that the legislation is likely to gain support from leaders of both parties . Collins said she has been in contact with Schumer and McConnell about the bill.
In addition to Collins and Manchin, Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Jeanne Shaheen (DN.H.), Lisa members of the negotiating group. Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Thom Tillis (RN.C.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.), Ben Cardin (D -Md.), Todd C. Young (R-Ind.), Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.), Lindsey O. Graham (RS.C), and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).