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Recommendations made by the committee on January 6 would (mainly) aid in preserving democracy.

Frida Ghitis: Electoral Count Act reforms are splendid Christmas gift for anyone who cherishes democracy. She says Congress should enhance criminal penalties for threats against poll workers and consider amending obstruction laws. Both parties should support creating a cause of action so that the legislative branch can sue to enforce subpoenas. Congress should designate joint sessions of Congress as National Security Special Events, akin to the State of the Union address. President Abraham Lincoln used the 1807 Insurrection Act during the Civil War; Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson invoked it to enforce desegregation in the South.