Republican Sen. Tim Scott is anticipated to introduce a invoice on Wednesday that will set up a bipartisan fee to look at the integrity of the 2020 presidential election.
The invoice is about to be launched Wednesday — the identical day that Congress will meet in a joint session to certify the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election.
Scott, R-S.C., has stated he’ll vote to certify the Electoral College throughout the session.
Scott’s proposed committee, the 2020 Bipartisan Advisory Committee, could be bipartisan and bicameral, that means it might be comprised of Republicans and Democrats from the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Scott stated Tuesday that the committee would come with 18 members — 9 appointed by the Republican Senate chief in session with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and 9 appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in session with the Democratic Senate chief.
“The beauty of the American experiment is the ability to freely question our processes and build upon lessons learned,” Scott stated in a press release. We can not transfer ahead with out trying again and scrutinizing the problems that led to hundreds of thousands of Americans dropping belief in our election system. While each election has a modicum of fraud, the circumstances across the pandemic led a number of states to make rushed and maybe ill-planned modifications to their election techniques weeks forward of the presidential election.”
There needs to be an understanding of what mistakes might have been made to accommodate voting during the pandemic, he said.
“Simply put, Congress must act in a bipartisan vogue to look at the missteps — intentional or not — made this 12 months in state legislatures throughout the nation.”
Scott said his bill would establish a commission that would “examine the deserves and administration of the November 2020 election and make suggestions to State legislatures to enhance the safety, integrity, and administration of federal elections.”
“It is completely important that each American has religion in our electoral system and that their vote is counted,” Scott said. “As President Reagan stated, ‘Freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction,’ and now greater than ever earlier than is it our responsibility to regain the belief of the American voter.”
Scott said the committee would study the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the 2020 election and the election practices adopted in response to the pandemic related to mail-in ballots, absentee ballots and vote-by-mail procedures.
Scott also said the committee would examine practices that could have allowed for improper or fraudulent voter registration or votes — all in an effort to “bolster public confidence within the integrity of future normal elections.”
The bill would ensure that the committee submits two reports: one that would include precinct-by-precinct data highlighting any potentially fraudulent or improper voter registrations or votes cast in the election, and a final report that would include recommendations for local and state governments.
The rollout of Scott’s legislation comes as President Trump has repeatedly charged that the presidential election was “rigged” and has claimed that there was “huge voter fraud” in a handful of battleground states where President-elect Joe Biden narrowly edged the president, to score a 306-232 Electoral College victory over the GOP incumbent.
The president has refused to concede to the former vice president, and he and his allies filed dozens of lawsuits contesting the election that were shot down in state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court. And Attorney General William Barr told the Associated Press last month, before stepping down, that “up to now, now we have not seen fraud on a scale that might have effected a special end result within the election.”
Scott is set to introduce his legislation as Congress certifies the Electoral College results on Wednesday. However, a number of GOP senators and more than 100 Republican House members have said they will object to the certification in some states.
Scott, on Tuesday, thanked the president for his service and accomplishments but he came out against plans from some of his Senate Republican colleagues to challenge electoral votes on Wednesday.
In a lengthy statement issued Tuesday, Scott pointed to his past support for the president and his legal challenges to November’s election, but he said there is no longer a path for him to reverse the election’s results.
“As I learn the Constitution, there isn’t a constitutionally viable means for the Congress to overturn an election whereby the states have licensed and despatched their Electors,” Scott said. “Some of my colleagues imagine they’ve discovered a path, and whereas our opinions differ, I don’t doubt their good intentions to take steps in the direction of stamping out voter fraud. Importantly, I disagree with their methodology each in precept and in apply.”
Even though Scott is opposed to challenging President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, Scott remains adamant in his support of the president’s legal right to pursue any and every lawful avenue to investigate, litigate and adjudicate allegations of error, fraud, or misconduct.
Scott remains “open, , and wanting to see any new and credible proof,” he said. But with his bill, he wants to “defend future elections from the identical uncertainty that has plagued the 2020 election.”
Fox News‘ Ronn Blitzer and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.