Senate committee passes modest election security bill that might make it past Mitch McConnell

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The Senate Judiciary Committee, quietly and at the very last moment Wednesday, passed what should be an unnecessary bill by voice vote. The bill would make hacking an election system a federal crime.

You would think that was already a law, but you’d be wrong. Last year the Justice Department reported that “should hacking of a voting machine occur, the government would not, in many conceivable circumstances, be able to use CFAA [The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act] to prosecute the hackers.” So we need a law.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, chair of the Judiciary Committee, was the chief Republican sponsor of Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s legislation. “Voting machines are a prime penetrable target, and laws remain woefully outdated. This bipartisan bill provides the Department of Justice with powerful tools to vigorously prosecute and stop malicious hackers,” Blumenthal said Thursday. “Its unanimous passage tells the world that securing our nation’s elections and cyber infrastructure is a bipartisan cause.”

It’s unclear if this will be the one piece of election protection legislation acted upon by the Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been the gatekeeper of all that, and has thus far refused to allow it. He even yanked a bill from the Rules Committee last year the same day that it was supposed to be voted on to advance to the floor.

Since this one wouldn’t actually prevent hacking from occurring in 2020 but would be applicable after the fact, it might pass muster. What McConnell really doesn’t want to have happen is anything that could secure our systems before November 3, 2020. He’s doing his damnedest to make sure Republicans, including Trump and himself, get all the nefarious help they can.

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DHG
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In order to beat Mitch one must think outside the box and snow him under.

Dee
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Herea an idea. Stop funding these people, stop funding the lobbies that create such weak legislation, stop funding Pelosi and Schumer willing to drag their feet to protect healthcare, help with civil and equal rights, stop funding people willing to make a mockery of our governing body and allows attacks on a person based solely on nationality ,sexuality(gender, orientation, very identity as a human) or religion and that just events of the last three years. I really hope those with power can find a way to get a tax deduction to help others.

Impeach trump
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Impeach trump

Why can that crazy old fool be allowed to stop important legislation without advancing a legit LEGAL basis for stopping it? Can’t he be impeached for blanket opposing all legislation from democrats or bipartisan bills? He has got to be removed….can anyone find an uglier pic of him?

Sick of the Con
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Sick of the Con

I do not understand how he can single handedly refuse to work, while lobbying every day with rich donors and this not be a crime that ejects him from his job. Why are there no rules once you get elected? Why is anything left up to a corrupt doj. These things should go back to the people for paper ballot votes. Levy all the charges on the ballot and ask for yes or no to remove.

Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

Cant wait to flush this turd down the toilet.