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 SchumerTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Democratic mega-donor reaching out to Pelosi, Schumer in bid to stop Sanders: report Trump administration freezes funding for study of hurricane barriers: report 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 PelosiTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial 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.”