U.S. House passes election reform bill to prevent another Jan. 6 Capitol riot

The United States House of Representatives passed on Sept. 21 an election reform bill aimed at preventing another Jan. 6 Capitol riot from happening again.

The House voted 229-203 with nine Republicans joining all Democrats in approving the Presidential Election Reform Act.

The bill, introduced earlier this week by Republican Representative Liz Cheney and Democratic Representative Zoe Lofgren, would amend the 1887 Electoral Count Act to confirm that the vice president’s role in counting the Electoral College count is simply ministerial.

The bill would also raise the threshold for members of Congress to force a vote on discounting the presidential electors from one member of the House and the Senate each to one-third of both chambers.

The bill would also mandate governors to transmit state results to Congress.

“This bill is a bill that will help to protect the rule of law. This bill is a bill that will help to ensure that future elections cannot be stolen… This bill is a very important and crucial bill to ensure that what happened on January 6th never happens again,” Cheney, a member of the Jan. 6 Select Committee, said on the House floor before the vote.

Cheney also said that it “saddens” her that her fellow Republicans “continue to play politics.”

“If your aim is to prevent future efforts to steal elections, I would respectfully suggest that conservatives should support this bill. If instead your aim is to leave open the door for elections to be stolen in the future, you might decide not to support this or any other bill to address the Electoral Count Act,” Cheney said.

The bill now heads to the Senate where a bipartisan group led by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and Republican Senator Susan Collins has been working on a similar bill.

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