Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to thwart any and all legislation that would address foreign interference in the upcoming presidential election, saying last month that he will not bring any bill to the floor for a vote that deals with foreign meddling.
New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait noted that McConnell’s behavior is concerning, given the fact that the “threat from Russian election interference is actually quite severe.”
What do we know about Russia’s success during the last election?
Chait points to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which informed Americans that “Russian intelligence breached at least one Florida county computer system and planted malware in a manufacturer of vote-tabulating machines.”
In response, Congress has made a bipartisan effort to address shortcomings within the country’s election infrastructure to ensure that Russia — or any other foreign entity — is unable to breach systems or otherwise influence future elections.
One bill would ““codify cyberinformation-sharing initiatives between federal intelligence services and state election officials, speed up the granting of security clearances to state officials, and provide federal incentives for states to adopt paper ballots” — but McConnell will not allow a vote.
Another bill, put forward by Democrats, would boost election funding for state and local governments, but again, McConnell will not put it to a vote.
Chait’s reasoned explanation for McConnell and his fellow Republican’s blasé response to Russia’s activity?
“The reason the government isn’t doing more to protect our democracy from the next attack is that the people who cooperated with the last attack don’t want to.”