Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) just introduced an amendment to a government spending bill that would defund President Trump’s controversial commission on voter fraud. Schiff announced his amendment in a press release this week and accused Trump’s commission, co-chaired by Vice President Pence, of “appearing to lay the groundwork for a push to place new restrictions on voting that disproportionately disadvantages minority voters.”
Schiff’s statement also said, “This commission is an effort to validate the President’s repeated and baseless claim that millions of fraudulent ballots were cast in the 2016 election, and I fear it lays the groundwork for new efforts to make it more difficult to vote across the country. Congress should put an end to this charade before it can do additional damage by agreeing to this amendment, and we should instead enact measures that make voting more accessible for all eligible Americans.”
Schiff’s amendment is attached to the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which Congress is set to focus on in September. It is unlikely to make it very far in the House because it will need GOP support.
President Trump created the voter fraud commission in May after claiming that Hillary Clinton only won the popular vote last November because “millions” of illegal votes were cast; a claim made without evidence as of yet. Critics of the commission have argued that the panel is attempting to suppress voter turnout. They raised serious concerns from Democrats in July when the board asked for voter roll data from every state. The Mississippi Secretary of State told the commission they could “go jump in the Gulf of Mexico.”
What do you think of Schiff’s amendment? What do you think about the President and Vice President’s commission on voter fraud? Do you believe there were “millions” of illegal votes cast in the previous election?
Credit: The Hill