Dems Defeat McConnell Amendment to Partisan Election Bill

The Senate Rules and Administration Committee Tuesday defeated an amendment from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to Democrats’ sweeping elections bill.

McConnell’s amendment, which was defeated on a 9-9 party-line vote, would keep the Federal Election Commission (FEC) at six members rather than five, which the Democrats bill would do if enacted.

The bill, S. 1 in the Senate and H.R. 1 in the House, would change the composition of the FEC from six members with three from each party to five members with two from each party and a fifth not associated with either party but chosen by the president.

McConnell, R-Ky., making a rare appearance at a committee markup, said that Democrats’ proposed change to the FEC would make it partisan and go against the goals of the Democrat-controlled Congress that created it.

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