Senate GOP Blocks Several Election Security Bills Targeting Foreign Interference


Sen. Marsha Blackburn blocked election security measures at the behest of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

U.S. Senate Republicans have blocked several election security measures that would require campaigns to report foregin influence and ban voting machines from connecting to the internet, according to The Independent

Democrats sought “unanimous consent” to bring the measures to the body, meaning any one opponent could end the bills’ passage.

Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn opposed the requests on Tuesday, accusing Democrats of using the measures as an effort to attack Republicans, knowing that they would prevent their passage.

Two of the latest bills that Senate Republicans blocked would require campaign to report offers of foreign assistance to the FBI and the Federal Election Commission. The SAFE Act would prohibit voting machines from being connected to the internet or being produced in foreign countries. 

A Senate Intelligence Committee report investigated 2016 election interference and found how poorly situated U.S. elections are against Russian-supported manipulation. 

Democrats have accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of compiling Democrat-backed bills in his “legislative graveyard” and “refusing to take action on critical legislation that already has bipartisan support.” 

“Once again, Senate Republicans, afraid of the wrath of President Trump and Senator McConnell, blocked our effort,” Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. “We’ll see if our Republican friends are willing to stand up and do what’s necessary to protect elections, something that Americans have died for over the centuries.”

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