Dozens of bills aim to stop foreign meddling
Congress is wrestling with more than 30 proposals “to combat different angles of the foreign election meddling issue,” according to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley.
The logjam of legislation — much of it pushed by House and Senate bipartisan efforts — comes as the 2018 mid-term election season accelerates.
“There have been no fewer than 18 pieces of legislation proposed to combat different angles of the foreign election-meddling issue in the Senate alone,” the Iowa Republican said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, along with 16 more in the House.
Mr. Grassley noted that state and federal officials acknowledge that the shadows that hung over the 2016 vote have not cleared, including Kremlindirected disinformation efforts, abuse of social media and attempts to hack state electoral systems.
Mr. Grassley praised improvements the Department of Homeland Security has made to work with individual state election agencies scrambling to secure voting systems this year. But on Tuesday, Mr. Grassley blasted opponents of many election security bills now stalled on Capitol Hill.