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 WarnerFacebook users in lawsuit say company failed to warn them of known risks before 2018 breach New intel chief inherits host of challenges Overnight Defense: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces 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.


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 McConnellAre Democrats turning Trump-like? House Democrat calls for gun control: Cities can ban plastic straws but 'we can't ban assault weapons?' Churches are arming and training congregants in response to mass shootings: report 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 MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyAppropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid The Hill's Morning Report - How will Trump be received in Dayton and El Paso? Democratic lawmaker criticized for tweeting names of Trump donors MORE, who said an election security bill that McConnell would not bring to the floor was “simply showmanship” and “completely unnecessary.”