“If your goal is to prevent future efforts to steal elections, I would respectfully suggest conservatives should support this bill,” Rep. Cheney, who co-authored the bill with Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA), told the floor. “If, on the other hand, your goal is to leave the door open for elections to be stolen in the future, you may decide not to support this or any other bill to address the Voter Count Act.” I like it thesis The Republicans were going to that choice.
Now it’s up to the Senate, where Mitch McConnell I won’t tell yet his position on keeping Trump out of office. He allowed bipartisan negotiations on the Senate version of the bill, putting Susan Collins (ME) in charge, which ensured the process took months and months longer than warranted. Other senators are speaking on his behalf.
“I guess if we get the bill that the bipartisan group negotiated, he will support it,” said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT). Yes, because Mitch McConnell is about nothing more than bipartisanship.
McConnell himself has said that Congress “needs to fix” the old law. But as for the bill itself, “and I’ll have more to say about my feelings on that later.” If I had the choice, I would keep saying that until after this election, or well into the next one, when I could try to pull off a “we can’t do anything about election laws this close to an election” ploy.
However, he will have to declare himself, since the Senate Rules Committee will vote on him on Tuesday, and he is on the committee. It won’t be necessary to break through a filibuster: 11 Republicans already back the bill and it’s already in Trump’s doghouse. “REPUBLICAN SENATORS SHOULD VOTE NO!” Trump screeches on Thursday. This makes the whole situation a little more interesting for McConnell, because if the Republicans do manage to take the Senate, it will be with at least some Trump sycophants and that could mean a real fight over whether he is the majority leader. So this is not a gimme vote for McConnell.
Still, McConnell’s heart isn’t really in the fight to secure democracy. He got what matters most to him on Thursday, with Senate Republicans. unanimously blocking relatively modest dark money reforms in the DISCLOSURE Act. The Democrats’ bill would require Super PACs to disclose the identities of large donors, people who give $10,000 or more.
All Republicans voted to block that. It doesn’t even limit how much a person, corporation or whatever can give to a Super PAC. It simply says that they have to endorse their donations publicly. McConnell called it “an insult to the First Amendment” as he urged his colleagues to vote against it.
“Today’s liberals’ favorite priority is legislation designed to give unelected federal bureaucrats much more power over the First Amendment rights and political activism of private citizens, and to take away the privacy of Americans who speak about politics in his private life,” McConnell said. before the vote. Yes, the person who can write a $10,000 check to a political entity is definitely someone whose rights must be protected.
The integrity of the upcoming presidential election? That’s harder for him to decide, since 90% of elected Republicans agree with another Trump coup attempt.