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GOP Senator Blocks Election Security Bills After Mueller Testimony

 Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss is seen during a senate appropriations committee hearing
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 25 July 2019 08:33 AM

Even after former special counsel Robert Mueller warned of additional foreign meddling in U.S. elections,  Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., blocked two election security bills and a cybersecurity measure, The Hill is reporting.

The two bills, pushed by Democrats, would require campaigns to notify the FBI and Federal Election Commission about offers of foreign assistance. And another bill would allow the Senate Sergeant at Arms to offer cyber assistance to senators and staff for personal devices.

Hyde-Smith blocked all three bills on Wednesday evening, without offering a reason why The Hill reported. She also did not say whether her objections were personal or if she was representing the Senate GOP caucus. The Hill noted a spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Senate rules stipulate any senator can ask for consent to pass a bill and any senator can object.

Senate Intelligence Committee vice chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., condemned Hyde-Smith’s motion to block the bills, New York Magazine reported.

“Mueller’s testimony should serve as a warning to every member of this body about what could happen in 2020, literally in our next elections.”

Axios noted that Mueller testified on Wednesday that “many more countries are developing capabilities to replicate” what Russia did in 2016

"They are doing it as we sit here and they expect to do it during the next campaign," he said. 

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Even after former special counsel Robert Mueller warned of additional foreign meddling in U.S. elections,  Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., blocked two election security bills and a cybersecurity measure, The Hill is reporting.
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