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McConnell Supports the Overhaul of Rules in Certifying Presidential Elections

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By Augustine Mbam - - 5 Mins Read

The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, has made it known to the public that he endorses the bipartisan bill, preventing any effort to overturn US elections. 

The Republican said he "proudly supports" the bill, which will revise a 19th-century law to avoid cases like the January 6 insurrection

The Guardian reported that some parts of the 1887 Electoral Count Act would be expanded and clarified. The 1887 Electoral Count Act works with the US constitution to determine how presidential elections will occur. 

It is reported that the electoral acts govern how the state and Congress certify the electorates, how votes are counted, and how presidential winners are declared. 

Newsvot can verify that McConnell's primary reason for supporting this bill is to avoid what happened when Donald Trump questioned the last presidential elections. After being defeated at the polls by Joe Biden, Trump tried to exploit the law and overturn the election results. 

Speaking on the need to modify some parts of the 1887 Electoral Count Act, McConnell said that the election process had evolved, so the bill was needed. 

"Congress’ process for counting the presidential electors’ votes was written 135 years ago. The chaos that came to a head on Jan. 6 of last year certainly underscored the need for an update," McConnell said. 

The Senate Rules Committee voted 14-1 immediately after McConnell made those remarks about the 1887 electoral acts. 

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was the only one who voted against the bill. But his votes won't count as the majority accepted some parts of the 1887 Electoral Count Act to be changed. 

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was one of the two senators who stood behind Trump when he wanted to overturn the 2020 elections. 

McConnell and other leaders who accepted the bill gave the legislation a significant boost as they are looking forward to finally passing it at the end of the year. 

Trump in the Picture

McConnell and Trump's relationship could be heading to the rocks because of the Republican's strong support of the bill. 

Once Congress passes the bill at the end of the year, it could mean that actions like that of Trump during the 2020 presidential elections won't be tolerated. 

Although the House has already passed a similar bill that overhauls electoral rules, Republicans didn't have much support for it. 

Democrats Stance 

Republicans are the major highlight of this New Bill, but it seems like some democrats support the bill. 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Rules panel, said that the bill has the potential to enable a suitable environment for bipartisan politics. 

According to her, the bill "will achieve a strong bipartisan consensus," 

If Congress finally passes this bill, many people will consider it the most decisive response to the events that occur shortly after the 2020 elections. 

Congressional objections and language must be resolved to make the bill law in the United States.