Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is pushing an amendment to incoming legislation to slash the funding for President Trump’s controversial voter fraud commission. Schiff says the panel is gearing up for new restrictions on voting rights which would work against racial minorities.
The lawmaker told reporters that the commission, which is led by Vice President Mike Pence, validates Trump’s “baseless” allegations that millions of people voted illegally during the 2016 presidential election.
I fear [the commission] lays the groundwork for new efforts to make it more difficult to vote across the country,
The Democratic Representative said.
Schiff thinks Congress should intervene and end the “charade” by approving his latest effort to defund the panel. The congressman thinks that if things continue like this, we could witness “additional damage.” He also called for “measures” that would simplify the lives of American voters nationwide.
The Push Likely to Be Unsuccessful
Schiff is trying to defund the work group via the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which is slated to be reviewed by the end of the month. The push, however, will likely be unsuccessful as it needs the GOP’s support to survive both chambers.
The President approved the creation of a so-called election integrity commission in May, after repeatedly claiming that his Democratic opponent in the presidential election, Hillary Clinton, “stole” the popular vote. Trump believes that “millions” of illegal ballots helped Clinton clench the popular vote. Not that it matters anyway Trump you still won in the end. Schiff and other Trump critics think the panel’s real role is to curb voter turnout among minority voters.
In July, the commission’s efforts to collect personal data on millions of voters was met with a wall of opposition in blue and red states alike. State officials mocked the request, with Mississippi’s State Secretary Delbert Hosemann telling the commission to “go jump in the Gulf of Mexico” than ask for the sensitive data.
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