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Engel Helps Pass $600 Million in Funding to Secure Elections from Foreign Interference

Engel Helps Pass $600 Million in Funding to Secure Elections from Foreign Interference

 

Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on House passage of $600 million in federal funding for election security grants:

 

“Three years ago, Russia meddled in our elections. This is a fact, whether the President wants to acknowledge it or not. He and his GOP cronies, rather than taking action to combat this huge problem, put their heads in the sand for years and did nothing to improve election security. Their inaction was un-American, reckless, and truly dangerous.

 

“But now, with a Democratic Majority in the House, Congress is finally confronting the threat posed by foreign entities to our democracy. I am proud to support an appropriations bill today that robustly funds election security grants, with $600 million provided to the states to harden their electoral systems. This substantial financial commitment is necessary to ensure Russia or any other foreign actor does not have the ability to meddle in future elections.

 

“Our republic is built on the premise that every election we have is free, open, and devoid of outside interference. We in the Majority are committed to keeping it that way.”  

 

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