Chairwoman Klobuchar, Ranking Member Blunt Announce Rules Committee Markup on Bipartisan Legislation to Update the Electoral Count Act
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration with oversight of federal elections, announced that the Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday September 27th to mark up the Electoral Count Reform Act, bipartisan legislation to reform the Electoral Count Act.
“We must update the antiquated Electoral Count Act to ensure that electoral votes for president accurately reflect the will of the people in each state and to improve the process for counting electoral votes in Congress. Last month, Senator Blunt and I held a constructive hearing in the Rules Committee on the need for reform, where we heard bipartisan agreement that there are additional improvements that could strengthen the bill,” said Klobuchar. “I look forward to adopting these bipartisan changes at our upcoming Committee markup so we can continue to advance this critical legislation.”
“There is bipartisan support for updating the Electoral Count Act, in both the Congress and among the American people,” said Blunt. “Many Members of the Senate and the House have had thoughtful discussions about what those reforms should encompass and I appreciate their engagement in this process. I’m hopeful this markup will move the bill forward in the same constructive, bipartisan spirit.”
Last month, Klobuchar and Blunt held a Rules Committee hearing to examine the need to update the Electoral Count Act. At the hearing, the Committee heard testimony from Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME), the leaders of the bipartisan group that drafted the Electoral Count Reform Act, as well as a bipartisan panel of legal scholars.