Liz Cheney Proposes Bill To Prevent Trump-Like Runs, Update Electoral Count Act
(TargetLiberty.org) – Controversial Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) has introduced a bill she says would prevent any future January 6-type incidents. Cheney, who will be standing down after November’s midterms, has become a persistent critic of former President Donald Trump. This latest move could be her parting shot at him.
Cheney and Democrat congresswoman Zoe Lofgren suggested updating the Electoral Count Act of 1887 on the basis of "four fundamental principles." https://t.co/eQg5iLLdKO
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According to a September 20 op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Cheney announced that, along with Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), she’s introduced a bill to reform the 1887 Electoral Count Act. The new bill would restrict the vice president’s powers to intervene in the count of electoral college votes, defining their role as “ministerial” and stripping them of the power to delay the count. This is clearly aimed at Trump, who claimed former Vice President Mike Pence could have taken control of the joint session of Congress in the process of “de-certifying” the 2020 Electoral College vote.
The bill would restrict the possible objections to a state’s electoral votes, restricting it to specific issues like a state sending too many electors or electors voting on a wrong day. Objections that don’t cite a clearly identified problem, such as saying a vote wasn’t “regularly given,” would be disallowed.
On the face of it, Cheney’s bill isn’t unreasonable — but it also looks a lot like a direct attack on Trump. Should legislators who’ve been rejected by voters be spending their last months in Congress on personal vendettas?
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