The eyes of the house vote on a new bipartisan law to prevent another January 6

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan duo on the Jan. 6 committee rolled out legislation Monday to prevent future attempts to undo elections, and House leaders are already looking at a vote this week.

The Presidential Election Reform Act, unveiled by Representatives Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., focuses on revising the Electoral Count Act, an archaic vote-counting law that the former President Donald Trump and his allies tried to exploit to stay in power after he lost the 2020 election.

The 38-page bill would make clear that the vice president’s role in vote counting is simply ministerial, raising the threshold for objecting to voters from one member of the House and Senate to a third of each chamber. According to an official summary, governors and states should send voters to Congress for candidates who won the election under state law prior to Election Day, meaning states cannot retroactively change their election rules after an election.

The legislation is expected to be reviewed by the Rules Committee on Tuesday. Last week, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., informed members that the full House could consider the bill this week, which could happen as early as Wednesday.

“Our proposal aims to preserve the rule of law for all future presidential elections by ensuring that self-serving politicians cannot steal the guarantee that our government derives its power from the consent of the governed,” Cheney and Lofgren wrote in a statement. op-ed for The Wall Street Journal. “We look forward to working towards this goal with our colleagues in the House and Senate.”

The measure takes a different approach than the Senate version, which is the result of months of bipartisan negotiations and will be adopted by the committee later this month. For example, the Senate bill would require one-fifth of each house to force a vote to object to voters.

The Senate is heading to vote on its bill in the slack session between the Nov. 8 election and the new congressional seat on Jan. 3. Unlike the House, which only needs a simple majority to pass a bill, the Senate requires 60 to overcome a filibuster, meaning Democrats need at least 10 Republican votes to pass a bill. bill to President Joe Biden’s office for approval.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Monday that he had not revised the Cheney-Lofgren Act, but endorsed the cause of the election law revision.

“We have to do that on time. The sooner the better,” he told NBC News, adding that the lame-duck session is “realistic, at least from the Senate perspective,” as a voting timeline.

Last week, another bipartisan pair of lawmakers – Reps. Josh Gottheimer, DN.J., and Fred Upton, R-Mich. – rolled out a separate electoral reform bill mirroring the Senate proposal, which was written by Sens. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine.

But by bringing up the Cheney-Lofgren bill this week, House Democratic leaders are sending a clear signal about where their caucus stands on the issue. Democrats are expected to unite behind the measure, which will also draw some Republican votes, though it’s unclear how many.

“I support any legislation that will prevent another January 6 and strengthen electoral integrity and protection in our great country,” Gottheimer told NBC News on Monday. “The key is to get this done.”

Scott Wong contributed.

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