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 senators divided over approach to election security Democrats seek to ban federal spending at Trump businesses Congress unlikely to reach deal on Trump border bill before break 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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Members who signed the letter include Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMaher: 'Very hard' to win in 2020 if Democrats run on 'reparations and concentration camps' Holocaust remembrance group invites Ocasio-Cortez to tour Auschwitz with survivor Moving into emergency mode on climate change MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar: 'People are being put in camps' at southern border Don't let demagoguery derail new black-Jewish congressional alliance GOP hopes dim on reclaiming House MORE (D-Minn.), and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressives seize on impeachment in 2020 primaries Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Democrats take aim at Trump policies by passing T spending package MORE (D-Mass.).

Twelve members spearheaded the letter, including Reps. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerGOP hopes dim on reclaiming House Second ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators Overnight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale MORE (D-Va.), Max RoseMax RoseGOP hopes dim on reclaiming House Republicans raise concerns over House campaign arm leadership Freshman Democrats call on McConnell to hold vote on election reform bill MORE (D-N.Y.), Colin Allred (D-Texas), Jason CrowJason CrowKoch political arm endorses Colorado Sen. Gardner Dem proposal to ban Pentagon funds for border wall survives House panel votes Centrist Dem pitches plan for Pentagon to tackle climate change MORE (D-Colo.), Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsEx-congressman launching PAC to defend Dem seats in 2020 Freshman Democrats call on McConnell to hold vote on election reform bill Overnight Defense: Trump officials say efforts to deter Iran are working | Trump taps new Air Force secretary | House panel passes defense bill that limits border wall funds MORE (D-Kan.), Antonio DelgadoAntonio Ramon DelgadoFreshman Democrats call on McConnell to hold vote on election reform bill Democrats face voters clamoring for impeachment T.I., Charlamagne Tha God advocate for opportunity zones on Capitol Hill MORE (D-N.Y.), Andy Kim (D-N.J.), Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiUS must do more if justice is to prevail for slain journalist Progressives seize on impeachment in 2020 primaries Cracks form in Democratic dam against impeachment MORE (D-N.J.), Chris PappasChristopher (Chris) Charles PappasOur uneven march towards equality Freshman Democrats call on McConnell to hold vote on election reform bill New Hampshire Democrat: 'I wouldn't write off someone like Bill Weld' MORE (D-N.H.), Dean PhillipsDean PhillipsGOP hopes dim on reclaiming House The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage push MORE (D-Minn.), Katie Porter (D-Calif.), and Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinChaos within the EPA exposes Americans to toxins like asbestos Freshman Democrats call on McConnell to hold vote on election reform bill Pro-trade group targets Democratic leadership in push for new NAFTA 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.