Freshman Democrats call on McConnell to hold vote on election reform bill

Freshman Democrats call on McConnell to hold vote on election reform bill
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A group of 62 freshmen House Democrats demanded Wednesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPence: Next coronavirus relief bill would need legal shield for businesses GOP faces internal conflicts on fifth coronavirus bill State Department scrutiny threatens Pompeo's political ambitions MORE (R-Ky.) allow a vote on a sweeping election reform and security bill previously passed by the House.

The bill includes language to reform the election process, along with language to secure voting systems against cyber attacks. Senate Democrats have also introduced a companion bill.

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McConnell, though, has shown no sign he’ll agree to hold a Senate floor vote.

A spokesperson for McConnell reiterated to The Hill the Senate leader’s previous remarks on the bill in March, at which time McConnell said that “this sprawling, 622-page doorstop is never going to become law. I certainly don’t plan to even bring it to the floor here in the Senate.”

The bill was the first major piece of legislation introduced by the new House Democrat majority in January. Beyond its provisions on cybersecurity, it would require redistricting commissions to prevent gerrymandering, tighten rules around political lobbyists and stop foreign money from being used in U.S. elections.