Chuck Schumer Slam Dunks Mitch McConnell For Refusing To Pass Election Security Legislation
On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) slammed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for refusing to secure the US elections and then lashing out at critics who targeted him for blocking two election security bills last week.
“There’s an easy way for Leader McConnell to silence the critics who accuse him of blocking election security: stop blocking it. Leader McConnell doesn’t have to put the bills that we have proposed … or the bill the House has passed, there are bipartisan bills—and we can debate the issue,” Schumer said Monday from the Senate floor.
Schumer’s comments came after McConnell lashed out at critics, accusing them of “lying” and “modern-day McCarthyism” after they targeted the GOP leader late last week when he blocked two election security bills that are largely supported by Democrats.
Schumer asked for consent to pass a House bill, supported by one Republican, that would require paper ballots, while Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wanted to pass legislation that would require candidates, campaign officials and their family members to notify the FBI of assistance offers. McConnell blocked both of the bills.
McConnell tried to deflect criticism by accusing his critics of lying about his actions.
“They are lying, lying when they dismiss the work that has been done. They’re lying when they insist I have personally blocked actions which, in fact, I have championed and the Senate has passed. They are lying when they suggest that either party is against defending our democracy,” McConnell said from the floor.
McConnell added that Democrats knew their bills would get blocked from passing the Senate without a formal vote, calling the objections “routine.”
Republicans argue that they’ve done plenty to help secure elections. But Democrats contend that falls short in the wake of warnings from multiple current and former officials that Russia and other foreign governments will try to meddle in the 2020 election.
“If Leader McConnell doesn’t like being criticized on election security, I challenge him: let’s debate it on the floor with amendments. I challenge him: support additional appropriations for states to harden their election systems. In both cases, Leader McConnell has not done that,” Schumer said.