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 McConnellGOP blocks Senate Democrats' revised elections bill A politicized Supreme Court? That was the point The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Democrats optimistic after Biden meetings 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.


Members who signed the letter include Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Cuts to big bill vex Democrats Biden, Democrats risk everything unless they follow the Clinton pivot (they won't) Harris takes central role in climate fight MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed Is Wall Street serving its own interests by supporting China's? Democrats step up pressure on Biden on student loan forgiveness MORE (D-Minn.), and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — FDA panel advises Moderna booster shot for high-risk people Ilhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' MORE (D-Mass.).

Twelve members spearheaded the letter, including Reps. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerHouse passes bills to secure telecommunications infrastructure McAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Jill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia MORE (D-Va.), Max RoseMax RoseMax Rose preparing for rematch with Nicole Malliotakis: report 'Blue wave' Democrats eye comebacks after losing reelection Overnight Defense: Austin takes helm at Pentagon | COVID-19 briefing part of Day 1 agenda | Outrage over images of National Guard troops in parking garage MORE (D-N.Y.), Colin Allred (D-Texas), Jason CrowJason CrowThe United States must lead the way on artificial intelligence standards Colorado remap plan creates new competitive district Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Afghan evacuation still frustrates MORE (D-Colo.), Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsLawmakers laud diversity gains in Congress Biden meets with vulnerable House Democrats with agenda in limbo  Ohio GOP congressman tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Kan.), Antonio DelgadoAntonio Ramon DelgadoUS Chamber targets more House Democrats with ads opposing .5T bill Business groups create new headache for Pelosi Chamber of Commerce warns moderate Democrats against voting for reconciliation MORE (D-N.Y.), Andy Kim (D-N.J.), Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiUS Chamber targets more House Democrats with ads opposing .5T bill Journalist Dave Levinthal discusses 'uptick' in congressional stock trade violations Pandora Papers: 4 takeaways from massive leak of world leaders' finances MORE (D-N.J.), Chris PappasChristopher (Chris) Charles PappasDemocratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse Club for Growth squeezes front-line Democrats on reconciliation plan Gail Huff Brown, wife of Scott Brown, jumps into congressional race in New Hampshire MORE (D-N.H.), Dean PhillipsDean PhillipsPhotos of the Week: Congressional Baseball Game, ashen trees and a beach horse Biden visits Capitol with agenda in the balance House Democrats to hold second meeting amid impasse MORE (D-Minn.), Katie Porter (D-Calif.), and Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinHouse passes bills to secure telecommunications infrastructure Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Bleak midterm outlook shadows bitter Democratic battle MORE (D-Mich.).

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.