Republicans Block Bill That Would Prevent Foreign Interference After Trump Said He Would Welcome It
Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a bill that would help protect elections from foreign interference. The move comes less than 24 hours after Trump said he wouldn’t report foreign interference to the FBI if it happened again.
Democratic Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) tried to get the Senate to take up his bill that would legally require campaigns to go to the FBI if a foreign government or power offers information meant to influence a political campaign.
The bill is in response to Russia’s nefarious interference in 2016, and is even more important in light of Trump’s admission that he wouldn’t report any attempts at foreign interference to the FBI.
But Republicans, instructed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, immediately blocked Warner’s attempt to get a vote on the bill.
“I’m deeply disappointed that the majority has rejected this request before I can even lay out why I think it’s needed,” Warner said on the Senate floor after Blackburn’s objection. “This legislation is pretty simple, it would require any campaign that receives offers of assistance from an agent of a foreign government … to report that offer of assistance to law enforcement.”
Blocking such a common-sense piece of legislation is a sign Republicans don’t care at all about Trump’s admission that he’d collude with foreign powers in 2020 if given the chance.
In fact, Republicans have been trying to defend Trump’s despicable admission — which all but invites hostile foreign powers to interfere in our democratic process.
While it’s disturbing that Republicans would object to Warner’s bill, it’s not all that surprising.
Mitch McConnell is the one who blocked former President Barack Obama from making any forceful statement about Russia’s election interference in 2016 while it was taking place, and is now refusing to consider any bills related to election security.
Watch Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) as she delivers the Republican response to the proposed legislation:
Share your thoughts.