10 things you need to know today: July 21, 2022

Senators reach a bipartisan deal aiming to protect future election counts, Russia expands its war aims in Ukraine, and more

Joe Manchin and Susan Collins
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1. Senators reach bipartisan deal aimed at preventing another Jan. 6

A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday released a proposal to update the Electoral Count Act to prevent a repeat of the Jan. 6, 2021, attempt by former President Donald Trump and his supporters to overturn President Biden's election. Trump and his allies used the 1887 law to pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to block certification of the 2020 presidential election results. Bipartisan negotiators, led by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), propose explicitly stating that the vice president's role in tallying Electoral College votes is strictly symbolic. The changes would also raise the bar for lawmakers wishing to challenge an election result. The senators urged members of "both parties to support these simple, common-sense reforms."

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