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Sen. Ted Cruz casts lone no vote on election reform invoice because it passes committee – Houston Chronicle


The Texas Republican referred to as the invoice “dangerous for democracy” and stated it “reduces the flexibility of Congress to answer the very major problem of voter fraud.”

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Different Republicans on the committee, together with Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, praised the invoice as “widespread sense” because it handed on a 14-1 vote.

“After 150 years, the Electoral Depend Act wants some modest updates,” McConnell stated. “The chaos that got here to a head on Jan. 6 of final 12 months strongly means that we discover cautious methods to make clear and streamline the method.”

Cruz led an effort within the Senate to delay certifying Biden’s election win and objected to Arizona’s electoral votes lower than an hour earlier than demonstrators breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, pointing to “unprecedented” — and unproven — allegations of voter fraud.

Cruz on the time was pushing for an “emergency audit,” which he has argued might have supplied the ultimate say Trump supporters wanted to simply accept the outcomes.

The laws would carry the edge required to boost such an objection, requiring one-fifth of members of each the Home and Senate to take action. It could additionally clarify that vice presidents can’t intervene within the certification of an election as former President Donald Trump pressured former Vice President Mike Pence to do in 2020.

Cruz criticized the invoice as “all about Donald J. Trump,” saying “no person in our lifetimes has pushed Democrats on this physique extra out of their minds than President Trump.”

The committee vote comes after the Home final week handed comparable laws on a 229-203 vote. Each Texas Republican — 16 of whom objected to counting Electoral College votes for Biden after the Capitol riots — opposed the laws. 

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