The House is moving fast on new legislation introduced by Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California to prevent stolen presidential elections. The two unveiled their bill Monday after writing a joint op-ed in The Wall Street Journal announcing the legislation that was informed by their work on the Jan. 6 committee. Their Presidential Election Reform Act is one of a handful of proposals introduced to reform the 135-year-old Electoral Count Act, but the only one that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supports. It could get a vote as soon as Wednesday.
Republicans on both sides of Capitol Hill are pissed about it. House Republican leadership is going to whip against it—they’re not going to stand in Trump’s way if he tries this again. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah is one of the members working a long-delayed bipartisan Senate version of the bill, the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Act. He’s upset that Majority Leader Chuck Schumer hasn’t scheduled a vote on their bill, which is set to be considered by the Rules Committee next week. “His delay has now led to a setting where the House is apparently proposing their own bill … and makes it more difficult to actually do something on a bipartisan basis,” he complained Tuesday. “They really should have taken our bill.” How dare the House have the temerity to legislate on their own.
The House bill is stronger than the Senate bill in a few ways, but not in any way that should prevent Senate Republicans, who say they want to fix an old bad law and prevent another Jan. 6, from supporting it.