Dems knock McConnell for refusing vote on election reform bill

Dems knock McConnell for refusing vote on election reform bill
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Schumer blocks drug pricing measure during Senate fight, seeking larger action MORE (D-N.Y.) called the GOP leader’s remarks on the legislation, known as H.R. 1, “an act of desperation" while Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Speaker Pelosi, it's time to throw American innovators a lifeline Why Americans must tune in to the Trump impeachment hearings MORE (D-Calif.) called him "out of touch."
 
"McConnell called these ideas a power grab, labeling the bill the 'Democratic [Politician] Protection Act,' " Schumer said from the Senate floor. "Leader McConnell, we’re proud we want more people to vote. Why are you ashamed of it? Why do you run away from it?"
 
Pelosi argued in a tweet that McConnell was declining to bring the bill up for a vote in the Senate "because he is beholden to special interests and out of touch with the American people."
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House Democrats are poised to pass the sweeping anti-corruption bill this week, sending the legislation to the GOP-controlled Senate.
 
Democrats unveiled the legislation on their first day back in control of the House, underscoring its importance to their agenda, though it went weeks without a vote as Congress scrambled to end a partial government shutdown earlier this year.
 
The House measure aims to expand voting rights through provisions including creating automatic voter registration, increasing election security by pushing back on foreign threats and making Election Day a national holiday for federal workers.
 
Still, McConnell has repeatedly lashed out at the proposal and said Monday that it would “never become law.”
 
“I certainly don't plan to even bring it to the floor here in the Senate," McConnell said from the Senate floor.
 
Asked why he wasn’t giving it a vote, he quipped on Wednesday, "Because I get to decide what we vote on.”