Momentum on ECA Reform Builds in the Senate

Though this week’s House vote on legislation to overhaul how Congress certifies election results turned contentious, the Senate version won new supporters, with other Republicans saying they could sign onto it in the future.

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey became the 11th Republican to back the Senate Electoral Count Act reform. If all Democrats support it, that’s more than enough to overcome a filibuster. Toomey told reporters Thursday the original Electoral Count Act “was badly drafted when it was written back in the 19th century, literally.”

“We should clean it up and tighten it up and make it clear that Congress isn’t here to opine on the validity of particular electors and the vice president does not have the discretion to accept or reject,” Toomey added.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul also said he is “open to the concept of the bill.” Whether that turns into real support later remains to be seen.

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