Washington, DC – Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) delivered closing remarks this afternoon in support of H.R. 8873, the Presidential Election Reform Act, a bill that will strengthen the Electoral Count Act.
See below for video of her remarks and the corresponding transcript:
REP. LIZ CHENEY: Thank you very much, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, you know, I’m struck listening to my colleagues today on both sides of the aisle. And the concept that I think we’ve got to make sure we never lose sight of is, some things have to matter. And we as individuals determine whether or not our institutions survive. We’ve heard consistently since January 6th – actually in the weeks just after January 6th, we were in agreement. But shortly after that, we began to hear excuses of what had happened. We began to hear people defending the indefensible. And I urge my colleagues to recognize that when you defend the indefensible, slowly by slowly you chip away at the great foundations of this Republic. You chip away at those very things that we’re sworn to protect.
This bill is an excellent bill. This bill is a bill that will help to protect the rule of law. This bill is a bill that will help to ensure that future elections cannot be stolen. This bill will ensure that in the future, the United States Congress is very clear that we have a very limited number of objections that can be made, if any can be made at all. And those are strictly limited to those outlined in the Constitution. This bill is a very important and crucial bill to ensure that what happened on January 6th never happens again. It saddens me, Madam Speaker, that my colleagues on this side of the aisle continue to play politics. I can tell you that’s not what we’re doing on the January 6th Committee. My colleagues ought to watch the hearings in the January 6th Committee. We’ve been very clear in terms of putting forth what happened and in terms of putting forth former President Trump’s responsibility and role in every aspect of the attack that happened that day. And contrary, again, to the assertions my friend and colleague from Illinois made previously, what happened on January 6th was not the normal functioning of our democracy. And President Trump had every right to bring those cases in court, but he did not have the right, and it was a fundamental violation of his oath of office, to refuse to abide by the rulings of the courts.
Madam Speaker, we are a nation of laws, not of men. I urge my colleagues to pass this bill. It’s a very good bill, and I yield back.