Electoral Count Reform Act Added To Spending Bill

The Washington Post reports:

A bipartisan bill that would make changes to how members of Congress could object to electoral will be included in the omnibus spending bill lawmakers need to approve in the coming days, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Monday night.

The Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act, sponsored by Collins and Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), would amend the Electoral Count Act of 1887 and reaffirm that the vice president has only a ministerial role at the joint session of Congress where electoral college votes are counted.

The measure would also raise the threshold necessary for members of Congress to object to a state’s electors. Collins said that the she was “delighted” the electoral count reform bill would be included in the longer-term government spending bill, and that it was “very significant.”

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