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Trump Objections to Senate Election Security Bill Stalled Measure

 
 
Reply Thu 23 Aug, 2018 11:04 pm
Trump Objections to Senate Election Security Bill Stalled Measure.

Published August 23, 2018

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President Donald Trump is objecting to the Senate’s effort to help improve election security, citing concerns about imposing federal burdens on state and local governments.

The Rules and Administration Committee abruptly scrapped a Wednesday markup of bipartisan election security legislation, and there were rumors that the White House might have been at least in part behind the delay.

Some Republican members of the committee were against the bill, including former Chairman Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala.

Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, confirmed in a statement that the administration believed the Department of Homeland Security had sufficient authorities to ensure the security of election systems.

The White House is asking the Senate, “Do not violate the principles of Federalism — Elections are the responsibility of the states and local governments,” according to the Walters statement. “We cannot support legislation with inappropriate mandates or that moves power or funding from the states to Washington for the planning and operation of elections.”

That echos the concerns of Shelby.

“I have problems with that,” the Alabama Republican told reporters Wednesday. “My problem is that heretofore, for the most part, the states and the counties and some local governments have funded and taken control and run the ballot box, so to speak, state-by-state.”

“This is a big step for the federal government moving in,” Shelby said, before emphasizing that criticism of additional federal involvement was not an expression of opposition to enhancing security.

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., meanwhile, one of the co-sponsors of the legislation said he was disappointed in the delay and that states facing complex cybersecurity threats from foreign adversaries cannot be expected to handle them on their own without help from the federal government.

The Constitution requires states and local governments to conduct elections, but “we don’t expect states to protect against a foreign attack,” Lankford said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “That is the responsibility of the federal government.”

Allowing states to have disparate security measures could lead to vulnerable gaps that could undermine all federal elections, Lankford said.

The White House also wants Congress to avoiding legislation that might duplicate or interfere with existing DHS efforts to help state and local stakeholders secure voting systems, as Yahoo reported Thursday.

“While the Administration appreciates Congress’s interest in election security, DHS has all the statutory authority it needs to assist state and local officials to improve the security of existing election infrastructure,” said Walters. “DHS is exercising its existing authority to help state and local authorities confront known challenges and build up the structural resilience to face emerging threats.”

Among the key provisions of the Senate bill was an effort to ensure that voting systems have verifiable paper trails for ballots in order for states to receive federal funds for elections.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Democratic co-sponsor and ranking member of the Rules and Administration Committee, was among the lawmakers complaining after the delay of the Wednesday markup.

“Each and every day Vladimir Putin, hostile nations, and criminal forces devise new schemes to muck up our democracy and other infrastructure. When our nation is under attack from foreign governments there is a federal obligation to act,” Klobuchar said in a statement.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-objections-to-senate-election-security-bill-stalled-measure/ar-BBMlJXL?ocid=UE13DHP
 
Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 23 Aug, 2018 11:10 pm
It is a basic principle of the constitutional balance between the Federal and state governments that states conduct and certify their own elections. This was violated in 2000 when the Supremes intervened in the recount in Florida. Therefore, I agree that the Federal government should not meddle in the right of the states to conduct and certify elections. If the members of the Senate really want to help, they should provide funds and expertise to states which request the aid. This should have nothing to do with whether or not one despises President Plump.

EDIT: By the way, I see nothing in the text posted here which indicates that Plump himself is responsible for interference in the Senate's proposed bill.
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Reply Fri 24 Aug, 2018 11:12 am
@Setanta,
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[. This was violated in 2000 when the Supremes intervened in the recount in Florida./quote]

Don't forget, it was at the request of Al Gore.
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Reply Fri 24 Aug, 2018 03:39 pm
@Real Music,
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Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Democratic co-sponsor and ranking member of the Rules and Administration Committee, was among the lawmakers complaining after the delay of the Wednesday markup.

“Each and every day Vladimir Putin, hostile nations, and criminal forces devise new schemes to muck up our democracy and other infrastructure. When our nation is under attack from foreign governments there is a federal obligation to act,” Klobuchar said in a statement.


This is what happens when you start brainwashing at such an early age.

Is anyone familiar with the song,

"Momma, don't let your babies grow up to be Americans"

This Amy woman is totally nuts.

Amy dear, each and every day US governments and US CIA and CIA proxy terrorists are doing with to myriad countries the world over. It is you people, Americans that is, that is doing the total ******* up of your own country.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 24 Aug, 2018 04:55 pm
@mysteryman841,
Don't forget, bullsh*t is bullsh*t, no matter what political hacks tell you. The case was Bush versus Gore--Baby Bush brought the suit, not Gore. It's incredible what kinds of blatant lies people will believe simply because it strokes their confirmation bias.
camlok
 
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Reply Fri 24 Aug, 2018 05:02 pm
@Setanta,
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Don't forget, bullsh*t is bullsh*t, no matter what political hacks tell you.
... It's incredible what kinds of blatant lies people will believe simply because it strokes their confirmation bias.


You have hit the nail on the head, laddie, so I direct you back to the blatant lies you believe where there exists the truth that will set Set free.

https://able2know.org/topic/177028-3#post-6699973
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Real Music
 
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Reply Sat 25 Aug, 2018 07:40 pm
White House blocks bill that would protect elections.

Published August 23, 2018

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WASHINGTON — A bill that would have significantly bolstered the nation’s defenses against electoral interference has been held up in the Senate at the behest of the White House, which opposed the proposed legislation, according to congressional sources.

The Secure Elections Act, introduced by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., in December 2017, had co-sponsorship from two of the Senate’s most prominent liberals, Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., as well as from conservative stalwart Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and consummate centrist Susan Collins, R-Me.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., was set to conduct a markup of the bill on Wednesday morning in the Senate Rules Committee, which he chairs. The bill had widespread support, including from some of the committee’s Republican members, and was expected to come to a full Senate vote in October. But then the chairman’s mark, as the critical step is known, was canceled, and no explanation was given.

As it currently stands, the legislation would grant every state’s top election official security clearance to receive threat information. It would also formalize the practice of information-sharing between the federal government—in particular, the Department of Homeland Security—and states regarding threats to electoral infrastructure. A technical advisory board would establish best practices related to election cybersecurity. Perhaps most significantly, the law would mandate that every state conduct a statistically significant audit following a federal election. It would also incentivize the purchase of voting machines that leave a paper record of votes cast, as opposed to some all-electronic models that do not. This would signify a marked shift away from all-electronic voting, which was encouraged with the passage of the Help Americans Vote Act in 2002.

“Paper is not antiquated,” Lankford says. “It’s reliable.”

A paper record could prove effective against hackers if they tried to change the reporting of votes on the internet, as opposed to altering the votes themselves. Election officials needs to be able to say, “‘Nope, we can check this,’” as Lankford puts it. “Here’s the paper, here’s the machine, here’s our poll count.”

In a statement to Yahoo News, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters says that while the administration “appreciates Congress’s interest in election security, [the Department of Homeland Security] has all the statutory authority it needs to assist state and local officials to improve the security of existing election infrastructure.”

Under current law, DHS is already able to work with state and local authorities to protect elections, Walters wrote. If Congress pursues the Secure Elections Act, it should avoid duplicating “existing DHS efforts or the imposition of unnecessary requirements” and “not violate the principles of Federalism.”

“We cannot support legislation with inappropriate mandates or that moves power or funding from the states to Washington for the planning and operation of elections,” she added. However, the White House gave no specifics on what parts of the bill it objected to.

In a statement, Klobuchar thanked Blunt and Lankford, making clear that they were both allies in the effort. “They tried valiantly to salvage the votes for this bill on the Republican side,” Klobuchar’s statement said. “In the end we had every single Democrat on the committee committed to vote for the bill. Any changes that were recently made to the bill were made to accommodate the Republican leadership.”

A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who sits on the Rules Committee, declined to say whether the majority leader, widely renowned on Capitol Hill for his backroom tactics, was involved in efforts to hobble the Secure Elections Act.

Blunt’s office would not comment on the record.

The Trump administration has been unable to settle on how elections should be secured, and whom they should be secured against. Despite consensus from the nation’s intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in 2016, President Trump has dismissed the threat, even as others in his administration have issued unambiguous warnings. Trump has instead asserted that millions voted fraudulently in New York and California for Hillary Clinton, thus giving her an edge of some 3 million votes in the 2016 presidential race. No evidence of statistically significant voter fraud has been uncovered.

Lankford, Klobuchar and others had worked for months to persuade their peers that electoral security is a nonpartisan issue. Supporters expected the legislation would make its way out of committee and become law, a rare bipartisan success story in the current Congress. As the chairman’s mark approached, they appeared to have won the votes they needed in the Senate Rule Committee.

Speaking to Yahoo News on Tuesday afternoon, Lankford seemed confident. He acknowledged that the federal government should not encroach on states’ administration of elections, but he also argued that states had to show more awareness of the high stakes involved. “Your election in Delaware affects the entire country,” he said. “Your election in Florida affects the entire country.”

In an earlier television appearance with Lankford, Harris rendered the issue of electoral security, and hacking by foreign powers, in stark terms: “We have to be prepared for wars without blood.”

But some apparently remained unconvinced. A staffer for a Republican senator on the Rules Committee described unease with “certain provisions in the Secure Elections Act” on the part of secretaries of state, who oversee elections. “In order for a truly bipartisan election security bill to reach the floor, additional majority support is necessary.”

The bill’s sponsors disputed the notion that it lacked support, noting that secretaries of state had had plenty of time to comment on the proposed legislation.

Lankford, a rising young Republican legislator, vowed to press on. “The issue of election cybersecurity is very important and more must be done now,” he said in a statement. “Congressional inaction is unacceptable.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-blocks-bill-protect-elections-173459278.html
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