Warner: 'Common sense' election security bills 'would get 75 votes' if brought to the Senate floor

Warner: 'Common sense' election security bills 'would get 75 votes' if brought to the Senate floor
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Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Senators introduce bipartisan bill to secure critical groups against hackers Hillicon Valley: Senators introduce bill to require some cyber incident reporting | UK citizen arrested in connection to 2020 Twitter hack | Officials warn of cyber vulnerabilities in water systems MORE (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that “common-sense” election security measures would get a supermajority on the Senate floor if a vote was allowed.

“I think there’s come common sense things that would get 75 votes if they could get to the floor of the Senate,” Warner said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

They included an “obligation … to tell the FBI” about offers of dirt on political opponents by foreign governments and paper ballot backups for all polling stations, as well as “some rules of the road for Facebook, Twitter, social media,” he told CBS’ Margaret Brennan.

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However, he said, “this administration has stopped every election security legislation coming to the floor and they’ve been supported in that effort by the Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellS.E. Cupp: 'The politicization of science and health safety has inarguably cost lives' Poll: Potential Sununu-Hassan matchup in N.H. a dead heat  Business groups urge lawmakers to stick with bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE.”

At the federal level, Warner said the Department of Homeland Security has “upped its game” but he continued to hear from state officials who said they needed more help to ensure election security.

“I just don’t get why this president wouldn’t be willing to say ‘let’s make sure that our elections are secure in 2020,’” he added.

Warner’s appearance directly followed that of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE, who said an election security bill that McConnell would not bring to the floor was “simply showmanship” and “completely unnecessary.”