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Friday, May 17, 2019

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a member of Senate GOP leadership, said Wednesday that the chamber is unlikely to vote on any election security legislation, despite requests from a federal agency for more funding to improve election systems nationwide.

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Hm, is the Russian oligarch who invested $200,000,000 in Kentucky (of all places!) behind McConnell's refusal to even allow a vote to fund election security funding? Something or someone is.

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How sad is it that the GOP is such a den of traitors that even election security is a partisan thing.

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2019-05-17 03:45 PM | Reply

How sad is it that the Dems are trying to argue that one of the broadest bills to advance their political agenda in years is "only" about election security:

This bill addresses voter access, election integrity, election security, political spending, and ethics for the three branches of government. Specifically, the bill expands voter registration and voting access, makes Election Day a federal holiday, and limits removing voters from voter rolls. The bill provides for states to establish independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions. The bill also sets forth provisions related to election security, including sharing intelligence information with state election officials, protecting the security of the voter rolls, supporting states in securing their election systems, developing a national strategy to protect the security and integrity of U.S. democratic institutions, establishing in the legislative branch the National Commission to Protect United States Democratic Institutions, and other provisions to improve the cybersecurity of election systems. This bill addresses campaign spending, including by expanding the ban on foreign nationals contributing to or spending on elections; expanding disclosure rules pertaining to organizations spending money during elections, campaign advertisements, and online platforms; and revising disclaimer requirements for political advertising. This bill establishes an alternative campaign funding system for certain federal offices. The system involves federal matching of small contributions for qualified candidates. This bill sets forth provisions related to ethics in all three branches of government. Specifically, the bill requires a code of ethics for federal judges and justices, prohibits Members of the House from serving on the board of a for-profit entity, expands enforcement of regulations governing foreign agents, and establishes additional conflict-of-interest and ethics provisions for federal employees and the White House. The bill also requires candidates for President and Vice President to submit 10 years of tax returns.
US HB1 | 2019-2020 | 116th Congress

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-05-17 04:48 PM | Reply

ROC

That isn't the only election security bill McConnell is blocking. There are several.

We'll put you down as 'pro-Russian interference/pro-ethical lapses/pro-no tax returns from candidates.'

#3 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-05-17 07:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

If you'd bothered to read the article before posting you'd have known there are several election security bills McConnell is blocking.

Among them (from another source):

Blunt also acknowledged that it was McConnell who stopped the Rules Committee last year from advancing the Secure Elections Act, a bipartisan bill to protect elections from interference. The committee was poised to mark up that bill last August when the hearing was mysteriously canceled the same morning that it was set to begin.

The decision by Republicans not to consider election security bills is frustrating to Democrats who have been cranking out bills to stop foreign interference and increase security ahead of the 2020 elections. In addition to the Secure Elections Act, the Rules Committee has failed to take up the Protecting the Right to Independent and Democratic Elections (PRIDE) Act, the Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act, and the bipartisan Honest Ads Act, which would give online political ads the same disclosure requirements as political ads on television and other media. All three bills were introduced last year and reintroduced this year after no action was taken in the previous Congress.

Ya, you read that right. BIPARTISAN

#4 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-05-17 07:21 PM | Reply

#5 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-05-17 07:21 PM | Reply

#5. That was a profound and illuminating post, AU.

NW.

😁

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-05-17 07:33 PM | Reply

#6 | Posted by JeffJ

Closing italics I forgot to at the end of #4

😁

#7 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-05-17 07:37 PM | Reply

If you'd bothered to read the article before posting

I did and the only bill referenced was HR 1, it did talk about other bills but I was talking about the bill referenced in the article, not plural bills.

Nice try, but your other source is exactly that. Pride, Pave and Honest Ads are effectively being lumped in with HR 1 but aren't referenced in the thread article.

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-05-17 08:41 PM | Reply

How sad is it that the Dems are trying to argue that one of the broadest bills to advance their political agenda in years is "only" about election security

What was wrong with any of what you posted?

Honestly, that seems like a hell of a bill to me on its face. Would need some finer details to be sure but at this point I question why anybody would find this bad.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2019-05-18 02:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter

The article mentioned "bills" - plural - a number of times.

Nice attempt at parsing, but facts are McConnell is holding up any and all legislation to ensure cybersecurity for next year's elections. That followed last year's gutting of agencies efforts at election security.

The GOP must want Russian interference because they think they'll need it. According to the newest Fox News poll, they're gonna need it:

Fox News Poll: Trump In Huge Trouble With Voters

Trump will take down the Republicans with him. They've proven to be nothing like the GOP of even 10 years ago, failing to stand up for him, abandoning all of their principles in the name of Trump. That hasn't gone unnoticed by a large majority of voters. He's way underwater with too many demographics to list here.

#10 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-05-18 03:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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And ROC, are you seriously too lazy to do the most simple Googling to ascertain which bills have been brought forth to fund election security McConnell has refused to bring to a vote, including bipartisan bills? I'm not. Sad that you are. You seem to have all kinds of time on your hands. More than I do.

#11 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-05-18 03:38 AM | Reply

And this from 2018:

Senate Republicans Block $250 Million Election Security Measure
Amendment would have funded cybersecurity efforts and replaced outdated election equipment

www.wsj.com

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#12 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-05-18 04:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump will take down the Republicans with him. They've proven to be nothing like the GOP of even 10 years ago, failing to stand up to him, abandoning all of their principles in the name of Trump ...

Republicans have become experts at 'situational ethics.' In the case of Trump, they've abandoned them all.

#13 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-05-18 05:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Current elected republicans have been severely compromised by the Russians and will do anything and everything to keep secret the extent to which they are entangled. The revelation of their entanglement will be an existential threat to the party and land many of them in jail.

The first thread to come undone was as a result of the Russian / NRA connection. The second was as a result of the unredacting of the piece of the Mueller report that implicates "persons connected to the Administration or Congress" in an attempt to influence the testimony of Michael Flynn. The House needs to keep pulling on these threads until the whole garment (i.e. republican party) falls apart.

Because of the intransigence of republicans and the Trump admin, the HOR will need all of the super powers that it can muster. If those super powers come only as a result of being in an impeachment status, start the impeachment inquiry!

#14 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2019-05-18 06:21 AM | Reply

They've proven to be nothing like the GOP of even 10 years ago, failing to stand up for him, abandoning all of their principles in the name of Trump.

#10 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-05-18 03:34 AM | Reply | Flag:

All true conservatives are now either Independents or Democrats.

The current GOP was waiting for a strong-man.

Yeah, I know. Hilarious calling Trump strong. I guess they're desperate.

#15 | Posted by Zed at 2019-05-18 09:14 AM | Reply

RUSSPUBLICANS RULE!

#16 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2019-05-18 10:42 AM | Reply

What was wrong with any of what you posted?

I was wondering the same thing. Apparently secure elections are bad for righties because it makea it harder to cheat?

#17 | Posted by JOE at 2019-05-19 09:31 AM | Reply

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