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Election security funds passed by Senate seen as welcome first step


Added 09-19-19 06:57:01pm EST - “Members of Congress and key federal and state officials on Thursday praised the $250 million approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee for election security efforts across the country, but noted that this funding do” - Thehill.com

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Members of Congress and key federal and state officials on Thursday praised the $250 million approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee for election security efforts across the country, but noted that this funding does not do enough to address the overall threats.  

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.) applauded the Senate Appropriations Committee’s successful vote on Thursday to include the election security funding in the Senate version of the annual 2020 Financial Services and General Government funding bill.

“Maybe, just maybe, Republicans are starting to come around to our view that election security is necessary, that if the Americans don’t believe their elections are on the up and up, woe is us as a country, as a democracy,” Schumer said on the Senate floor following the vote.

Schumer, however, noted that the job of securing American elections remains “incomplete” as long as legislation to mitigate various threats to elections is not addressed. 

“While this funding is important, it’s not the only thing we need to do to secure our elections from Russia, Chinese, Iranian, or any other foreign country interfering,” Schumer said. “We’re getting the money in appropriations, but we need more legislation to refine where the dollars go.”

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