Bipartisan Legislation To Be Unveiled This Week To Reform The “Electoral Count Act”

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D.-CA.) and outgoing Rep. Liz Cheney (R.-WY) laid out a portion of their legislation that would reform the Electoral Count Act of 1887 in an op-ed to the Wall Street Journal.

In the op-ed, Cheney and Lofgren laid out the four principles on which their new proposal is based.

According to The Hill, “The pair said their proposal is based on four principles, two being reaffirming that the vice president does not have the authority to reject or delay the counting of electoral slates from a presidential election, and raising the threshold for objecting to a state’s electors from one House lawmaker and senator to one-third of both chambers.”

Both Cheney and Lofgren are members of the January 6 select panel who have been investigating the attack on the Capitol for over a year now with little more to show for their work than some subpoenas and a lot of live television coverage.

There are two other current legislations being promoted to reform the Electoral Count Act, both of which also enjoy bipartisan support in the house and senate. Sen. Susan Collins (R.-ME) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D.-W.V.) have teamed up to lead reform in the Senate while a more moderate proposal is being introduced in the House this week by Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Fred Upton (R-MI) as well.

Each of these bills are being introduced to fix a problem that happened over a year ago, and since then little to nothing has been done. There have been FBI raids on people’s homes, subpoenas passed out, and nationally televised court proceedings, but the Electoral Count Act of 1887 stands just like it did more than a century ago.

In January of 2021, as CNBC reported, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed his desire to work together with democrats on reform. Rather than getting down to business and fixing an existing problem, democrats formed a panel, led public outcry about the Act, and tried to tie republicans to the problem. Now there are three competing bills that congress will need to pass with a looming government shutdown, record inflation, and a midterm election coming up.