Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has voiced his unqualified support for a bipartisan Senate Bill that will overhaul the rules for certifying the presidential election process. The senator announced that he would unconditionally back any legislation that would overhaul the present system of electoral counting followed by Congress.
The backing by the senior Congressman is a significant change from the stance his party has consistently taken in the past. A large section of Republicans continues to believe that Biden should have been prevented from coming to power and that Trump had won for the second time in 2020. This is despite overwhelming evidence that the election had been fair.
Even last week all but 9 House Republicans, excluding Mitch McConnell, were against an identical measure that was passed a week ago. It comes amid an overwhelming bipartisan vote by the Rules Committee for a legislative vote on the bill.
Mitch McConnell Has Said It Was Common Sense To Support The Bill
Mitch McConnell said that it was common sense to support the body of the bill. He is a Rules Committee member. The legislation that was negotiated in the last few months by the bipartisan members was led by Republican Senator Susan Collins (Maine) and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (West Virginia).
A vital piece of the legislation seeks measures to prevent administrators from submitting votes that are not aligned with the prevalent voting trend in any state. in the 2020 election, officials favoring the Republicans tried to submit elector slates that were pro-Trump in states that voted overwhelmingly in favor of Joe Biden.
The proposed legislation would also substantially raise the Congress threshold to consider any objection to the electoral votes. It would in the future require that at least a fifth of a chamber sign up for any such challenge, which at present rules need only one House member and a Senator.
Amy Klobuchar, Democrat Senator from Minnesota, said that the legislation was a genuine opportunity to initiate strong bipartisan action and protect the foundation of American democracy.