Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, chose the U.S. Constitution of political posturing, the only member of that was once known as the “august upper chamber” of Congress to do so.
In a move that was all about former President Donald Trump and the coming 2022 midterm elections, the Senate Rules Committee voted 14-1 to advance The Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act on Tuesday, with Cruz being the lone holdout. Par for the course, the Mitch McConnell-led Republican Senate caucus is content with consistently playing from a defensive posture.
(Citing the “chaos that came to a head on January 6 of last year,” Senate Minority Leader McConnell endorsed the bill.)
The media touted the legislation as being intended to “avoid another Capitol insurrection,” even though you’d be hard-pressed to prove in a court of law that there actually was an insurrection. The legislation addresses the procedure for certifying presidential election results in Congress, amending the Electoral Count Act of 1887 by stating that the vice president’s role as presiding officer over election certification is merely ceremonial, according to Mediaite. The bill would reportedly make it harder for lawmakers to object to a state’s election results, as well.
“This bill’s a bad bill,” Cruz said of his vote, according to the political news website. “This bill is bad law, it’s bad policy, and it’s bad for democracy.”
He quoted Article II of the U.S. Constitution, which lays out the procedures for electing and removing a president, and establishes the president’s powers and responsibilities, and expressed his concern about Congress “trying to intrude on the authority of the state legislatures.”
“This bill is all about Donald J. Trump, and nobody in our lifetime has driven Democrats in this body more out of their minds than President Trump,” Cruz said.
Understanding the politics at play, Cruz detailed just how often Democrats have objected to elections that didn’t go their way.
“We also know the brazen hypocrisy that the Democratic rage at Trump has produced where we have a kangaroo circus of a January 6 committee literally chaired by a House Democrat who made one of those objections insisting that it is now utterly unimaginable to object to a presidential election,” Cruz said.
Sen. Ted Cruz: “Democrats aren’t opposed to objecting to elections and presidential electors. We know that because Democrats objected in 1969. And then they objected again in 2001. Then they objected again in 2005. And then they objected again in 2017.” pic.twitter.com/MreSPMubPQ
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 27, 2022
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