Pence op-ed: Federal election bills ‘offend the Founders’ intention that states conduct elections’

Pence, in an essay titled “January 6 Was a Power Snatch. So Is Stall Breaking to Nationalize the Election,” he wrote, “On January 6, an angry mob ransacked the Capitol, largely in an effort to get Congress and I, like the Speaker of the Senate, to use Federal power to nullify presidential election results that have been ratified by all 50 states” and to give law enforcement the responsibility to secure the Capitol.
President Joe Biden and Democratic senators are accused of using the memory of the riots “to try to wrest another federal authority over our state elections.”

“Their plan to end stalling to allow Democrats to pass a bill to nationalize our elections would offend the Founders’ intention that states hold elections as much as some of our most ardent supporters made me do a year ago,” Pence wrote. .

His reprimand comes as the Senate prepares to debate the voting law on Tuesday. Biden pushed hard in the Senate to change its pending rules in order to clear the way for the legislation to pass with a smaller number of votes, but faced opposition to the rule change from moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kirsten Sinema of Arizona.

In his article, Pence says that during the January 6 election endorsement, he supported the principle that elections are determined at the state level — not by Congress.

That day, he rejected then-President Donald Trump’s pleas to sabotage the constitutional process that would see Biden win the election, much to Trump’s indignation. After a mob stormed the Capitol, Pence was hastily ejected from the Senate chamber as rioters demanding his death stormed the halls.

“The notion that Congress would break the obstruction rule to pass a bill equaling the federal government’s wholesale election takeover is inconsistent with our nation’s history and an insult to the structure of our Constitution,” Pence wrote in an editorial before moving forward. To criticize proposals in electoral legislation.

In the article, the former vice president praised states that passed restrictive voting laws last year, such as Texas and Georgia, and wrote that they “led the way with logical reforms” in an effort “to restore confidence in the integrity of our elections.”

Pence called on senators to “do what you’ve done before: uphold the right of states to hold and ratify elections. Reject this latest attempt to give Washington the authority to decide how the United States’ elections should be conducted. And abide by the oath made by God and the people of America to uphold and defend the Constitution.” “.

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