Brady Reacts to Recommendations by Presidential Commission on Election Administration
January 22, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) Committee on House Administration Ranking Member, Robert Brady (D-PA) today, expressed his strong support for many of the recommendations presented in the report issued by the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration. In doing so, Brady also highlighted the fact that many of the same recommendations have been made repeatedly by House Democrats over the last several years only to be ignored and rejected by the Republican led House of Representatives.
"I'm pleased that the Presidential Commission on Election Administration has identified the serious shortcomings facing our electoral system and what needs to be done to address these problems,” said Brady. “But I also have to point out that many of these recommendations, including modernizing our registration system, expanding early voting, and helping members of the military cast their ballots, are included in the Voter Empowerment Act. We’ve introduced this bill twice now, but House Republicans have refused to even debate it, either in Committee or on the Floor. Hopefully the Commission's findings will spur some action on the improvements we sorely need.”
The bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration was announced in President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address in response to widespread administrative problems and massive lines in the 2012 election. This executive action became necessary due to ongoing attempts by Congressional Republicans to eliminate and undermine the Election Assistance Commission, the only federal agency authorized to help localities hold efficient, fair, and open elections.