On the first day of the new Congress, Representative Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, introduced two amendments to the United States Constitution. The first would abolish the Electoral College and the second limits presidential pardon powers.
Cohen released a press release about the amendments on his web site.
“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than her opponent, the winner of the popular vote did not win the election because of the distorting effect of the outdated Electoral College. 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.”
“Presidents should not pardon themselves, their families, their administration or campaign staff. This constitutional amendment would expressly prohibit this and any future president, from abusing the pardon power.”
On the first day if the new Congress, I introduced Constitutional amendments to limit a president’s pardon power & to eliminate the Electoral College. I also introduced a bill on medical marijuana. See my press releases here: https://t.co/QT5sHgWcPc & https://t.co/ISI5XYOGD0
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) January 4, 2019
Reactions were mixed, but pretty much in line with either party’s views on the matter.
Two Republicans have won the presidency because of the EC that did not win the popular vote. So, "it's working!", they cry. I promise you if it was the other way around, they'd be all about getting rid of it.
— Dana (@danalaluna) January 4, 2019
Sorry, our founders were smarter than you, the Electoral College was designed to limit State power and radicals like you and it is working just fine the way it is. Stop wasting our dime with crap like this that will never see the light of day.
— Eddie (@JN31621) January 4, 2019
all of the states in blue have a smaller population than Los Angeles County in red. without the Electoral College that one county would probably be able to be a single deciding factor in who would win the election. pic.twitter.com/w1EEAlBU9e
— َ (@yeashutupyep) January 4, 2019
Very excited to hear about the limitations of the powers of pardon but, really glad to get rid or modify the electoral college.
— Matthew Pepe (@MatthewPepe2) January 4, 2019