Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is blocking a number of bills trying to safeguard against foreign interference in the 2020 election. According to Intelligencer, McConnell is refusing to bring multiple bills to a vote, including a Democratic bill to increase funding to state and local governments and a bipartisan Senate bill to supplement cybersecurity information-sharing between federal intelligence services and state election officials.
The Mueller Report has already highlighted at least one instance of foreign interference, where Russian intelligence hacked at least one Florida county computer system. While the threat of foreign hackers actually changing the outcome of the 2020 election is relatively low, the implications for the future of election interference protection would be far greater.
It is still unclear what McConnell’s reasons are for blocking votes on these interference protection bills.