A bipartisan group of United States senators introduced two proposals on July 20 designed to make it harder to overturn a certified presidential election.
The two proposals include the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act and the Enhanced Election Security and Protection Act, which are a result of months of negotiation led by Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.
The first bill would reform and modernize the Electoral Count Act of 1887 to ensure that the electoral votes tallied by Congress accurately reflect the presidential vote for each state.
Former President Donald Trump had sought to exploit the 1887 law in his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
The legislation would also help to promote an orderly transition of presidential power by providing guidelines for when eligible candidates can receive federal resources for transition into office.
The legislation also increases the number of House and Senate members required to raise an objection to election results during a joint session to certify them.
The second bill would increase federal penalties for individuals who threaten or intimidate election officials and individuals who tamper with election records.
The bill also aims to improve the handling of election mail by the U.S. Postal Service.
The proposals mark the most significant response by Congress to Trump’s campaign to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The measures still need to be approved by both chambers. In the Senate, the measures will need 60 votes, including at least 10 from Republicans, to break any filibuster attempt.
The Senate Rules Committee announced that it plans to hold a hearing on Aug. 3 to discuss the Electoral Count Act and efforts to overhaul electoral laws in response to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, CNN reported.
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