Harper pushes to shut down federal election agency

While President Trump is promising to launch an investigation into his belief that millions of illegal ballots were cast in 2016, the Republican-led House Administration Committee voted Tuesday to shut down the federal agency set up to help states improve their election systems.

Rep. Gregg Harper, the Mississippi Republican who chairs the House Administration Committee, said the Election Assistance Commission has “outlived” its usefulness.

“It is time for the EAC to be officially ended,” said Harper. “We don’t need fluff.”

The committee voted 6-3 to approve Harper’s measure. It is not clear when or if the House will consider the measure. Harper has introduced a bill four times to eliminate the agency. The House has passed the legislation once, but the measure may stand a better chance this session in the Republican-controlled Congress.

Clarion Ledger
2/7/17