Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is winding down her congressional career, but she is going out swinging.
Cheney presented a piece of legislation with Donald Trump in mind to reconfigure how the electoral process is handled once the electors go to the Senate to be verified.
Her legislation passed the House, mostly along party lines, with only the nine Republicans not returning to office supporting the bill.
One Last Swing
Cheney’s bill looks to tighten up language in the 1887 Electoral Count Act.
One of those aspects would be the role of the vice president in this process.
That role has usually been ceremonial, but Trump wanted Pence to send the votes back to the states for investigation.
If Cheney’s law passes the Senate, the VP will be removed entirely from the process.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) stated, “It’s clear that anything Liz Cheney touches is all about whacking Donald Trump and not about making meaningful changes.”
Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) added, “For me, it matters because you have two people who have been actively engaged in that committee dropping the [bill] like this … when there was the alternative to have the companion vote from the Senate.
“They never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”
Armstrong was referring to similar legislation in the Senate that is much narrower but has bipartisan support.
Cheney’s bill will likely fall victim to the filibuster unless Senator McConnell (R-KY) has a change of heart.
With Trump’s latest legal problems, it would not surprise me if McConnell whipped up support for this to stick it to Trump.
Source: Washington Examiner