After a series of close presidential elections, Americans are scrutinizing the way we decide who wins. Now a congressman has introduced a bill designed to eliminate the electoral college. His move is a direct attack on President Trump, who managed to carry significant states in the 2016 election, even though he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) introduced a second bill, Thursday, one that would prevent presidents from pardoning themselves or their family members.
Cohen’s office released a statement that says the “senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced two Constitutional Amendments today on the opening day of the new Congress. The first would eliminate the Electoral College and provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States. The second would limit the presidential pardon power by prohibiting presidents from pardoning themselves, members of their families, members of their administrations and their campaign staff.”
“In two presidential elections since 2000, including the most recent one in which Hillary Clinton won 2.8 million more votes than her opponent, the winner of the popular vote did not win the election because of the distorting effect of the outdated Electoral College,” Cohen said.
“Americans expect and deserve the winner of the popular vote to win office. More than a century ago, we amended our Constitution to provide for the direct election of U.S. Senators. It is past time to directly elect our President and Vice President.”
The system of direct election, at least in presidential races, gives immense power to the nation’s coastal regions, where there are massive urban population centers.
The other bill may be more even more pointed, considering the ongoing investigation into President Trump’s campaign.
“Presidents should not pardon themselves, their families, their administration or campaign staff,” Cohen adds. “This constitutional amendment would expressly prohibit this and any future president, from abusing the pardon power.”
Both of these bills may be more symbolic than practical, but they were far from the only symbolic moves of the new Congress.
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) brought articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
The Daily Wire, in writing on the electoral college, offered this support for why the electoral college is important.