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 Bennett SchiffSchiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference Schiff: Mueller report 'far worse' than Watergate Schiff: Democrats 'may' take up impeachment proceedings 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 ClintonThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Nadler: I don't understand why Mueller didn't charge Donald Trump Jr., others in Trump Tower meeting Kellyanne Conway: Mueller didn't need to use the word 'exoneration' in report 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."