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: FTC rules Cambridge Analytica engaged in 'deceptive practices' | NATO researchers warn social media failing to remove fake accounts | Sanders calls for breaking up Comcast, Verizon Bipartisan senators call on FERC to protect against Huawei threats Hillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware 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 McConnellOvernight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills GOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties 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 MulvaneyGiuliani meets with fired Ukrainian prosecutor who pushed Biden, 2016 claims: report Fox's Napolitano says obstruction 'easiest' impeachment offense for Democrats The key impeachment hearings are before an appeals court, not the House Judiciary panel MORE, who said an election security bill that McConnell would not bring to the floor was “simply showmanship” and “completely unnecessary.”