McConnell: Democrats holding country 'hostage'
Schumer: Dems will try to disband Trump voter fraud panel in must-pass bill
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is warning that Democrats will try to use a must-pass bill to dissolve the administration's voter fraud commission if the president doesn't end it first.
"If the president wants to truly show that he rejects the discrimination agenda of the white supremacist movement, he will rescind the Executive Order that created this commission," Schumer wrote in a Medium post.
He added if Trump doesn't take action, "the Congress should prohibit its operation through one of the must-pass legislative vehicles in September."
Congress will return to Washington after Labor Day to face a September agenda packed with deadlines, including funding the government and raising the debt ceiling. Republicans will need Democratic votes to get the legislation through the Senate.
Schumer is also calling for a public hearing on voting rights "where experts can discuss policies like same-day registration as well as alleged voter fraud," where Schumer wants Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), vice chairman of the Election Integrity Commission, to testify.
Trump created the commission by executive order in May to investigate his claims, presented without evidence, of widespread voter fraud in last year's presidential election. But it's been beset by lawsuits and controversy, including a widely rejected request that states send in voter roll data.
Schumer added on Thursday that disbanding the panel has taken on new importance after deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., writing that the actions of the commission are "wolves in sheep's clothing."
"They are a ruse. Their only intention is to disenfranchise voters. This is how the appalling failure to use the right words and stand up to hate in the aftermath of Charlottesville is made real in the form of policy; they are two edges of the same sword," he wrote.
Democrats and some Republicans have been critical of the commission for months. Dozens of states, including many controlled by Republicans, said last month they either wouldn't turn over information or only provide limited data.