McConnell Blocks Bills Meant To Combat Foreign Election Interference

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The Senate will not consider bills meant to protect the next elections from Russian interference due to Republican opposition to election security proposals, according to Mother Jones.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) decided not to bring any bills meant to protect American voters from foreign meddling, according to Missouri Senator Roy Blunt (R).

“I don’t see any likelihood that those bills would get to the floor if we marked them up. I think the majority leader just is of the view that this debate reaches no conclusion,” said Blunt.

While Democrats have been busy proposing election security bills, McConnell has actively attempted to prevent them from reaching the legislature’s floor since last year.

Among the bills the Republican leader has effectively blocked are the Secure Elections Act, the Protecting the Right to Independent and Democratic Elections (PRIDE) Act, the Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act, and the bipartisan Honest Ads Act, which requires the same transparency from online ads as from ads in other media.

“I hope you catch the irony here that at the CIA and intelligence agencies, millions of dollars are being spent to stop the Russians from making a mess of the 2020 election, and yet, in the United States Senate, we can’t bring a bill to the floor to even debate it,” said the Missouri Senator.

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