On Wednesday, Senators voted down a proposal by Democrats to make state’s election security stronger. The proposal would have added $250 million for state election security. The vote was 50-47 with Bob Corker being the only GOP Senator to vote ‘yes’.
The amendment fell short of the sixty votes required to be included in the appropriations legislation. The Hill reported that the rejected amendment was proposed by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy.
USAnews.com noted that Senator Leahy said that, “safeguarding our democracy is not a partisan issue.” He added, “The Senate must send a clear message to Russia and other foreign adversaries that tampering in our elections will not be tolerated. The President will not act. This duty has fallen to us.”
The proposal was designed to fight against potential Russian meddling in the 2018 midterms in November. A Senate committee concluded back in July that Russia did in fact interfere in the 2016 election in an attempt to harm Hillary Clinton and prop up President Trump. The committee’s findings corroborated the US intelligence community’s earlier findings.
The vote to reject the additional election security funding comes at a very interesting time. The top intelligence chief, Dan Coats, warned back in February that Russia was laying the ground work to interfere in the 2018 midterms.
The Washington Times reported that Coats and other leaders in the intelligence community warned that Russia would use cyber attacks, disinformation, and leaks aimed at, “creating wedges that reduce trust and confidence in the democratic process.
Russian Meddling is still a hot button issue for both sides of the aisle. It is still baffling to many as to why Republicans would not vote to fund more election security. And with the midterms only four months away many are worried that the US is not prepared to handle Russia interfering in yet another crucial election.