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PoliticsMcConnell: Senate will hold election security briefing

23:10  11 june  2019
23:10  11 june  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., said Tuesday that the Upper Chamber of Congress will hold an election security hearing, The Hill reports.

It takes place place amidst Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ’s ongoing opposition to the consideration of election security legislation. While it’s notable that lawmakers are holding this briefing , it remains to be seen whether the information shared as part of the meeting will be enough

McConnell: Senate will hold election security briefing© Getty Images McConnell: Senate will hold election security briefing

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said that the Senate will have an election security briefing in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"We intend to have a briefing on election security," McConnell told reporters during a weekly press conference while not responding to questions about whether the upper chamber will take up any election security legislation.

McConnell's comments mark the first time that he has confirmed he will hold an all-members election security briefing since Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said from the Senate floor that he had received assurances from the Senate GOP leader that there would be a closed-door briefing with administration officials.

Schumer says McConnell has agreed to Senate briefing on election security

Schumer says McConnell has agreed to Senate briefing on election security Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the Senate will get an election security briefing, after weeks of public clamoring for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to agree to the demand. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the Senate will get an election security briefing , after weeks of public clamoring for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to agree to the demand. &

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to buckle to the near constant drumbeat from Democrats -- and some Republicans -- about the need to pass election security legislation in the wake of the report from special counsel Robert Mueller that found Russia interfered in the 2016 election .

"I have some positive news. I have spoken to the Republican leader about that request. He has assured me we will have a briefing," Schumer said from the Senate floor last week.

But McConnell didn't mention the briefing last week, and Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who has oversight on the issue, told reporters on Thursday afternoon that he had heard nothing from McConnell about having a briefing.

The closed-door briefing comes as senators have mounted a bipartisan push in the wake of Mueller's report to try to move election security legislation through the Senate but have run into high-profile opposition from McConnell and Blunt.

Supporters argue that new legislation is needed to help bolster election infrastructure in the wake of Russia's actions and as lawmakers debate how to safeguard the 2020 White House and congressional elections.

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Republicans pointed to an election briefing by intelligence officials in July as the reason that more Now that McConnell is backing the funding, Democrats and election security experts say that 0 "Providing 0 million in additional election security funding is like asking an army to go fight a war

Mitch McConnell recently explained his decision to NOT secure our elections , saying that the bills were obviously partisan in nature. Clearly something so partisan that it only received one single solitary Republican vote in the House is not going to travel through the Senate by unanimous consent.”

But Blunt said during a committee hearing earlier this month that "at this point, I don't see any likelihood that those bills would get to the floor if we mark them up."

When asked about possible legislation, McConnell didn't directly respond, instead suggesting that reporters had largely ignored stories about the lack of interference in the 2018 election.

"I do think the missing story that very few of you have written about is the absence of problems in the 2018 election. I think the Trump administration did a much, much better job," McConnell told reporters.

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