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Lawmakers have said over and over that they want to prevent another Jan. 6-style attack on the U.S. Capitol from ever happening again.
It took almost two years, but on Thursday, as part of a government spending package, the Senate passed the first federal elections legislation to that aim.
The omnibus spending bill includes a section that would reform the Electoral Count Act, a 1887 law that governs the counting of Electoral College votes in Congress.
For years, legal scholars have worried the law was poorly written and in need of clarification, and former President Donald Trump and his allies targeted the law’s ambiguities in their attempts to overturn the 2020 election.
Read more: https://www.npr.org/2022/12/22/1139951463/electoral-count-act-reform-passes