A bill to eliminate the Electoral College was introduced by a member of the Democratic Party on Thursday night.
Representative Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, put forward the proposal on the first night of the 116th Congress after his party took official control of the House.
A number of high-profile Democrats have been highly critical of the Electoral College, which cost Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.
Clinton won 65.8 million votes but President Donald Trump won the race for the White House as he bagged 304 electoral votes to Clinton’s 227, despite losing the popular vote.
“In two presidential elections since 2000, including the most recent one in which Hillary Clinton won 2.8 million more votes than her opponent, the winner of the popular vote did not win the election because of the distorting effect of the outdated Electoral College,” Cohen said in his statement, as reported by The Hill.
“Americans expect and deserve the winner of the popular vote to win office.
“More than a century ago, we amended our Constitution to provide for the direct election of U.S. senators. It is past time to directly elect our president and vice president.”