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The comments, while mild, are particularly notable given that 139 House Republicans, including McCarthy, voted to oppose certification of Trump’s loss. They also come as the GOP and Democratic senators begin talks on an update to the 1887 voter count measure, which governs Congressional certification of the presidential ballot that pro-Trump rioters halted last year. .

Bipartisan talks in the Senate are still in their early stages, but are expected to gain momentum after Democrats failed Wednesday to change chamber rules to enact much broader elections and voting reform.

Voter count law reform isn’t the only topic Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is about to address when she next convenes a bipartisan group of colleagues; they are also considering possible additional protections for poll workers and election officials under any compromise election bill.

It’s unclear whether McCarthy’s decision not to close the door on a deal would translate into specific support for any outcome of the Senate talks, and he would come under pressure of his right to refuse that. Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated on Thursday that he was open to the effort.

“As I said before, I think this needs to be fixed, and I wish them well, and would be happy to take a look at anything they come up with,” the Kentucky Republican said. . “I just encourage the discussion because I think it’s clearly wrong. This is directly related to what happened on January 6, and we need to find a bipartisan way to resolve this issue.

POLITICS reported for the first time earlier this month that the top Republican in the Senate was open to the idea earlier this month.

Collins, who is working closely with Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) on the issue, said Thursday his group is taking a similar approach to the bipartisan gang that produced the infrastructure bill last year. The staff plans to meet on Thursday, with senators expected to meet in the coming days afterward, according to a person familiar with the matter.

“There are so many ambiguities in a law that is nearly 150 years old,” Collins said Thursday. “We must clarify: what is the role of the vice-president precisely, specify that it is ministerial.”

Manchin, who has also worked on electoral reform with his party but opposed Democrats’ efforts to change Senate rules to pass the legislation, predicted the bipartisan group would succeed.

“We’re going to shake things up,” Manchin said Thursday. “We’re going to get a group of people together, Democrats and Republicans, and get a good bill that protects the vote count, the accuracy of the vote, and makes sure the person who was deemed the winner, you can bet home on that one.

A group of Senate Democrats also worked separately to reform the voter count law. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucus with Democrats, said he had “been in touch” with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah.), who is part of the bipartisan group.

“I’ve been working on it since last spring, and we have a draft and a lot of information and notes that I’ve offered to share,” King said. “I hope we can get together and resolve this issue.”

McCarthy open to electoral count law reform

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