Dem pushes to defund Trump’s voter fraud commission

Dem pushes to defund Trump’s voter fraud commission
© Greg Nash

A Democratic lawmaker has introduced an amendment to an upcoming government spending bill that would defund President Trump's controversial commission on voter fraud.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffOvernight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny Schiff: 'Our democracy is under threat' from Trump, Russia Carter Page wanted Trump to take 2016 trip to Russia MORE (D-Calif.) announced the amendment in a press release this week that accuses the panel co-chaired by Vice President Pence of "appearing to lay the groundwork for a push to place new restrictions on voting that disproportionately disadvantages minority voters."

"This commission is an effort to validate the President’s repeated and baseless claim that millions of fraudulent ballots were cast in the 2016 election, and I fear it lays the groundwork for new efforts to make it more difficult to vote across the country," Schiff said in the statement.

"Congress should put an end to this charade before it can do additional damage by agreeing to this amendment, and we should instead enact measures that make voting more accessible for all eligible Americans."

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Schiff introduced the proposal as an amendment to the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which Congress is set to consider in September. It is unlikely to go very far, as it would need GOP support.

Trump ordered the creation of the voter fraud commission in May after he claimed, without evidence, that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her ‘ass kicked’ in 2016 election MORE only won the popular vote last November due to "millions" of illegal votes. Critics like Schiff have accused the panel of attempting to suppress voter turnout.

In July, the commission raised alarm bells among Democrats when it requested voter roll data from every state. That request was met with ridicule from state officials around the country, including Mississippi’s GOP secretary of state, who told the commission it could "go jump in the Gulf of Mexico."