Courtesy of The Hill:
Senate Republicans blocked two election security bills and a cybersecurity measure on Wednesday in the wake of former special counsel Robert Mueller warning about meddling attempts during his public testimony before congressional lawmakers.
Democrats tried to get consent to pass two bills that would require campaigns to alert the FBI and Federal Election Commission about foreign offers of assistance, as well as a bill to let the Senate Sergeant at Arms offer voluntary cyber assistance for personal devices and accounts of senators and staff.
But Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) blocked each of the bills. She didn’t give reason for her objections, or say if she was objecting on behalf of herself or the Senate GOP caucus. A spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Under Senate rules, any one senator can ask for consent to pass a bill, but any one senator is able to object.
This is what Robert Mueller said about election interference just yesterday.
The most important part of the #MuellerHearings
Russia is trying to interfere with our elections, they are doing it as we sit here.
— Jamie Carter ❄ (@JCTheResistance) July 24, 2019
And that echoed what FBI Director Christopher Wray said just the day before that.
Courtesy of CNN:
FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Tuesday that Russians are still carrying out foreign influence operations on the United States, despite US efforts to deter them ahead of another presidential election.
“The Russians are absolutely intent on trying to interfere with our elections through the foreign influence,” Wray testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
At this point blocking a bill that would protect the integrity of our elections is not just wrong, it is treasonous.