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 SchiffKey House Dem's objections stall intel bill as deadline looms The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems 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 ClintonPompeo: 'We've not been successful' in changing US-Russia relations Michael Moore ties Obama to Trump's win in Michigan in 2016 The Memo: Could Kavanaugh furor spark another ‘year of the woman’? 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."