The deal was the culmination of months of negotiations with six Democrats and eight Republicans, along with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Republican, and Sen. Joe Mnuchin, Democrat of West Virginia. The proposal released Wednesday is split into two bills.
The proposal also includes key provisions that promote an orderly transition of presidential power by outlining guidelines for eligible candidates to receive federal funding to transition into office.
If neither candidate agrees within five days of Election Day, both candidates can obtain federal transfer evidence until “it is known with certainty who will win the majority of the electoral votes.” Ultimately, only one candidate qualifies when there is a “clear winner of the election”.
The bill seeks to prevent a similar situation from happening again in the future, amid revelations that Trump allies are trying to push out fraudulent voters in key states.
It would be difficult for members of Congress to try to overturn the election by increasing the number of House and Senate members needed to challenge the election results when a joint session of Congress convenes to certify them. Under current law, a senator can join a House member to force each side to vote on whether to release the results subject to objection.
The bill was co-sponsored by nine Republicans and seven Democrats who announced the deal.
According to the fact sheet, the proposal dealing with the Deputy Speaker’s role makes it clear that responsibility is “solely with the Minister and he or she has no authority to determine, accept, reject or otherwise adjudicate disputes over electorates”.
The second bill aims to improve election security and increase federal penalties for anyone who threatens or intimidates election officials and increases penalties for tampering with election records. Five Republicans and seven Democrats have co-sponsored the bill.
Democratic Senate of Virginia. Mark Warner said the bill would make it harder to nullify an election when a joint session of Congress convenes to certify a presidential election.
“Anything we can do to show the American people that we recognize how serious that day was and that we’re going to do everything we can to prevent a repeat of January 6th is a step in the right direction,” he said. .
“No future vice president can replace the legitimate vote of Americans and their constituents who vote,” Warner said.
More details on what’s in the contract
A fact sheet says the bill, which seeks to overhaul the election tally law, includes several changes aimed at ensuring that Congress can “identify a single, definitive elector from each state.”
The newly released agreement creates a set of conditions designed to make it difficult for any confusion to arise regarding the exact voters. For example, it states that the governor of each state is responsible for submitting voter identification certificates. Congress cannot accept the electoral roll submitted by any other authority. “This reform would address the potential for multiple state officials to send competing slates to Congress,” the fact sheet states.
The bill would set a higher bar for members of Congress to raise objections to the certification of electoral votes.
The fact sheet states that the plan “raises the threshold for voters to object to at least one-fifth of duly elected and sworn-in members of both the House and Senate.”
The Bill also includes several important provisions relating to election security.
One such proposal would reauthorize an independent agency called the Election Assistance Commission for five years and require the commission to implement cyber security checks on voting systems.
The bill also includes measures aimed at helping states improve procedures for handling mail-in ballots.
What’s next for the proposal?
Following the deal’s release, the Senate Rules Committee announced Wednesday that the committee plans to hold an inquiry into efforts to change election laws in response to the January 6 attacks and the number of elections.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat who chairs the committee, told CNN that the hearing will take place on Aug. 3.
The announcement is a sign that the newly released plan is not on track for immediate consideration on the Senate floor, instead taking time to work its way through the legislative process as senators try to pass legislation by the end of the year.
Some senators believe the issue could slip into a lame-duck session of Congress between the November and January elections.
This story was updated with additional updates on Wednesday.
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