Top Senate Republican: McConnell won’t allow bills to protect our elections to come to the floor

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is doing everything in his power to keep Donald Trump in the White House, even if that means keeping American elections systems vulnerable to hacking by Russia, or any other foreign power that wants to intervene. He’s already done it a couple of times: when he shut down a public information effort on Russian attempts to hack the 2016 election, and when he blocked legislation to protect elections from advancing last year, ahead of the 2018 balloting.

No matter that Election Assistance Commission (EAC) officials are urgently pleading for assistance for 2020. Sen. Roy Blunt, Senate Rules Committee chairman, told officials in a hearing Wednesday that his boss, McConnell, wouldn’t be allowing legislation already passed by the House to come to the Senate floor. There are several bills pending before the committee, and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin wanted to know their prospects for advancement. Blunt told him there wasn’t any point in moving them forward. “I don’t see any likelihood that those bills would get to the floor if we marked them up,” Blunt said. “I think the majority leader just is of the view that this debate reaches no conclusion.”

It was McConnell, Blunt admitted, who also stopped legislation from advancing in the Rules committee last year. Last August, the committee was scheduled to mark up the Secure Elections Act, but the hearing was mysteriously canceled the very day it was supposed to happen. We know now that it was because McConnell pulled the plug on it, too, despite the warnings from the intelligence community that Russia was still a threat to that election. “I hope you catch the irony here that at the CIA and intelligence agencies, millions of dollars are being spent to stop the Russians from making a mess of the 2020 election,” Durbin said Wednesday in the hearing, “and yet, in the United States Senate, we can’t bring a bill to the floor to even debate it.”

That’s become even more urgent now that we know, definitively that Russia broke into Washington County, Florida’s voter registration database. We know that it was the Russian military spy agency, GRU, that did it, intelligence officials have told The Washington Post. But McConnell has his marching orders, direct from Trump: no secure elections for us.

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DHG
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Here is reality, Trump wins in 2020 we are in civil war 2.

Vincent Brown V the Jazz Virtuoso
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Vincent Brown V the Jazz Virtuoso
As an American Citizen and a true patriot I am chagrined at the apathy of the Democratic leadership that refuses to take the most effective steps available to them to address the criminal activity underway in the White House. I am stunned that this nation has no redress to handle characters like McConnell, and Barr and Graham. Are we now a nation of stupidity and blanketing ignorance that allows for a seasoned criminal to effectively dismantle our Constitution, and erode the very core of our Democracy? McConnell and Graham are just the tip of the iceberg on this issue of… Read more »
Katrina
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Katrina

I agree wholeheartedly!

Impeach trump
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Impeach trump

“Best shot” sounds like a great idea

Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

It’s time to stop pissing around with these knuckleheads. It’s in plan view that Mitchie McConnell is obstructing justice. I mean what the hell else do we need to see that all he give about is protecting that worthless SOB in the White House. It’s time to ask God to get rid of Trump and his GOP flunkies like he did to Sodom and Gomorrah, because they are just as evil.

Michael owens
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Michael owens

After you ask god, go n see your local state governor and ask him

Michael owens
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Michael owens

I cant believe that so many Dems n Rep are so gutless and devoid of any moral fibre, to let this pig and his cronies destroy America

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Had I ever told my boss that I would not perform my job or refused to do it , I would have forever and immediately been removed from the building. Trump, Barr, McConnell, Graham , etc. have publicly refused to do their jobs, or told others not to, nor conform to rules and regulations. What the hell Gives? Trump and his goats need to go. Why in the hell can’t we just fire them,and get people who want the job’s? We are in trouble and this has got to stop. they are acting as though our constitution has disappeared and… Read more »
Impeach trump
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Impeach trump

That’s Bullshit-that ignorant old fool must be impeached or there must be a process to take him out NOW….WE must have secure elections and the proof is beyond a reasonable doubt-DO SOMETHING about that SOB

Elli
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Elli

It’s time that Mitch McConnel goes down for obstruction of justice. It is unbelievable how corrupt this administration is. Lock all these old cronies up. It is disgusting. Enough is enough.

Reeby
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Reeby

I am ashamed to be a Kentuckian. It’s waaaaaay pass time to DITCH MITCH!!!!!

Sick of the Con
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Sick of the Con
Ditch Mitch, hopefully that is his Dem opponent election slogan. It is amazing how weak laws can be if people ignore them. This ‘calculation ‘ the dems have (if they are going to even impeach) to wait until more republicans speak out is bananas. How about the narrative that it is not popular to democratic constituents, bullshit. Everything the dems is doing is useless until this idiot is gone. They cannot change obamacare, get low cost prescriptions, or infrastructure if McConnell will not even bring bills to the floor, but they continue to write and pass them in the house.… Read more »
Marc
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Marc

McConnell the bigest American Trator in the hustory of the US