Top Democrat pushes to defund Kobach voting commission

A top House Democrat has introduced a measure that would defund the White House’s controversial voting commission, calling it a “charade” designed to make voting harder.

The measure won’t go far in the Republican-controlled House. But it’s the latest sign of implacable Democratic opposition to the bill.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California (pictured) on Wednesday announced an amendment to a congressional spending bill which would bar the administration from using any finds for the commission.

“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,” Schiff said in the statement. “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.”

Last week, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for an end to the commission in the wake of the racist violence in Charlottesville. Schumer also said Senate Democrats would aim to use legislative maneuvering to disband the panel.

One commission member, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, responded by inviting Schumer to address the panel at its next meeting, scheduled for September 12 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

While Democrats push for an end to the commission, some voting rights advocates, by contrast, are putting out a different message: That the commission should follow the facts, and prioritize voting reforms that expand access.

 

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