Dozens of bills aim to stop for­eign med­dling

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dan Boy­lan

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.

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