Brady Commends Senate for Holding EAC Confirmation Hearings
December 10, 2013 (Washington, D.C.) Today, Committee on House Administration Ranking Member, Robert Brady (D-PA), commended the Senate Rules and Administration Committee for scheduling confirmation hearings on the nominations of two new Commissioners to the Elections Assistance Commission (EAC).
“Republicans in the Senate have repeatedly held up nominations to the EAC in an on-going effort to undermine the agency and its mission to assist all eligible Americans exercise their constitutionally protected right to vote,” said Brady. “The EAC is the only federal agency focused on helping state and local governments run fair and cost-efficient elections. Confirming new Commissioners is the first step in getting this agency running like it was intended again.”
The EAC was created in the aftermath of the disastrous elections of 2000 as part of the Help America Vote Act. The agency is designed to assist state and local election officials to ensure smooth, accurate, and fair elections. Congressional Republicans have undermined the commission by holding up nominations and attempting to abolish the agency altogether. The result of their assault on the EAC was seen in the unreasonably long lines, confusion, and disenfranchisement of thousands in the 2012 election.