"Last month the Democratic-controlled House approved the Securing America's Federal Elections (SAFE) Act, which requires that states use "individual, durable, voter-verified" paper ballots" during federal elections.
Yet members of the U.S. Senate once again blocked bills that would further protect our elections from foreign attacks, without explanation, only hours after the special counsel's testimony, repeating a pattern of partisan stonewalling on any measure that would strengthen election security and get states the resources we need to defend our democracy sustainably into the future.
His report noted that the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 election in "sweeping and systematic fashion". It also found that DHS and Federal Bureau of Investigation warnings to the states in 2016 were insufficient. It would also require that all 50 states conduct audits after elections.
McConnell claims the U.S.is sufficiently prepared to defend its election infrastructure ahead of 2020, even as federal officials continue to issue warnings about foreign influence operations from Russian Federation and other countries.
Then one day he was voting for some fool. While there was no evidence that Russians changed any votes cast by US voters, they "were in a position to delete or change voter data" in some states.
While political commentators broadly agreed that Mueller was restrained when questioned on the Trump administration's obstruction of justice in the morning session, his position on Russian election interference was emphatically clear.
The only conclusion to be reached is that McConnell would rather risk Soviet influence than pass legislation that might help Democrats.
"In 2016, the USA was unprepared at all levels of government for a concerted attack from a determined foreign adversary on our election infrastructure", Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr said in a statement.
While Robert Mueller's performance before Congress wasn't great for Democrats, Sen.
"Maybe it's because President Trump, in his child-like way, resents the fact that people point out that Russian Federation interfered", Schumer said. Even today, after a 2 1/2-year investigation, the committee conceded that "Russian intentions regarding USA election infrastructure remain unclear". The committee is in the final stages of that investigation, which has remained a bipartisan effort even amid the partisan fighting on Capitol Hill over the Russian Federation probes and collusion.
The challenge was underscored Thursday as the Senate Intelligence Committee released the full results of an investigation that found the Russian government directed "extensive activity" against USA election systems ahead of the 2016 election.
State election officials are anxious and underfunded, some running systems with outdated software and scrounging for replacement parts off e-Bay.
Michigan's secretary of state is aware of the threat and working to improve security.