UPDATED 9:45 AM PT – Tuesday, February 1, 2022
A group of bipartisan senators led by Maine Republican Susan Collins have continued negotiating changes to the Electoral Count Act of 1887. Recently, the lawmakers met and split into groups to take on pieces of the legislation.
Collins told reporters that she expected the entire group to come back together over Zoom on Friday. According to the senator, the act needs to be updated because of what she says are ambiguities which led to the events on January 6.
“This is not a small matter,” she stated. “This 1887 law governs the counting and the certification of the presidential vote. And we saw on January 6th of 2021 how ambiguities in the law were exploited and we need to prevent that from happening again.”
Full statement: pic.twitter.com/4Rolu7vSjm
— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) January 31, 2022
The 45th president claims that the senators are proving Mike Pence did have the power to overturn the election. He called Collins whacky, adding that the group’s desperation in reforming the law shows the power Pence had but refused to use.