Congress needs to support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
It’s time to protect American elections.
“There’s no reason for the federal government to tell each state how to do their local elections, but we do need to encourage those states to have a system that they can go back and audit and verify.”
As the world’s premier power, its greatest democratic republic, and an example of freedom and self-government around the world, the United States can’t allow other countries to influence its choice of leaders. Our elections must remain in American hands.
Russia is the enemy of America and our allies, and we will expose and respond to their continued cyber-attacks against our nation.
“Our state systems are under constant attack” from Russia.
“Russia meddled in the 2016 elections. Russia is led by a former KGB thug who only understands lies and manipulation.”
[Putin is] a calculating adversary who is trying to exert all the influence he can anywhere he can.
“Russia is not a friend to the United States or our allies. There’s no question that they meddled in our election, and all evidence points to Putin’s direct involvement.”
“Despite Russia’s repeated denials, we know they meddled in our election, based on the analysis from our trusted intel community. Russia must be held accountable for attempting to disrupt our democracy, & we must continue to strongly convey the message that it won’t be tolerated.”
“There is no question that Russia attempted to meddle in our elections just like they have tried to meddle in a variety of elections and domestic situations in Europe for some time.”
Any attempts by a foreign government to interfere with our democratic processes, successful or unsuccessful, must not be taken lightly.
It has undoubtedly been Russia’s objective to sow unrest within our democratic institutions . . . We must continue to stay vigilant against these threats.
“Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Russia has never been a friend to the U.S., and they continue to pose a threat to America and our allies.”
Russia poses a grave threat to our national security.
Russia is an adversary and we must continue to work with our allies to counter Russia’s influence around the world.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, foreign interference in our elections is unacceptable. It was wrong in 2016 and we cannot allow it to happen again in 2020.”
“You’ve got to take every step possible, first of all, to make sure what happened in 2016, what the Russians attempted to do to meddle with our elections when Barack Obama was president, doesn’t happen again in 2020 or any other election. If the Russians try to take some action against our elections or any other country we are already ready to go after them.”
“Russians undertook significant efforts to meddle in the 2016 election. There are new details about the extent to which the Russians worked to undermine our democracy and I hope that the House and Senate review these findings carefully and continue to work together to ensure this type of election interference never, ever happens again.”
“Foreign governments trying to impact our election process is wrong, it’s scary, it’s dangerous, and we should—we should do that kind of oversight.”
“The threat of cyberattacks by our foreign adversaries and other sophisticated entities is real and growing.”
“Our adversaries are committed to interfering in our nation’s democratic process. This is a grave threat to our country and our nation’s security. Our voting systems remain vulnerable to hacking, and we must do more to protect against cyber aggression.”
It concerns us that many states still don’t have concrete plans to update their voting systems. Fourteen states are struggling to replace outdated voting machines that lack paper trails before the next presidential election [in 2020].
“The sanctity of our elections must not ever be taken for granted or exposed to foreign threats. Congress should show the American people we are prioritizing the security of our democratic institutions above partisan posturing.”
“It is my goal to have free and fair elections with zero fraud.”
“It is vital to guarantee the integrity of our nation’s elections in order to safeguard our democratic institutions.”
“The Special Counsel’s findings are a stark reminder that Russia’s goal is to undermine the trust the American people have in our democratic process and government.”
“It’s important for the experts who secure our nation’s election infrastructure to have a seat at the table. I hope my colleagues will join me in supporting this commonsense legislation to help strengthen our election security measures.”
“The report makes clear now more than ever that the peaceful transfer of power — a hallmark of our American democracy — was targeted by foreign adversaries ahead of the 2016 election. We know Russia sought to sow discord in our political dialogue.”
“Russia continues its malign effort, of course, violating treaties, invading sovereign nations, pursuing nuclear superiority, interfering in elections, spreading lies and hate, protecting the world’s worst actors from justice, and promoting authoritarianism.”
“Russia did interfere in our election. Congress needs to continue our pressure on Russia & not let them go unpunished for these acts.”
“That Putin attempted to interfere in our elections should no longer be doubted by anyone…Putin’s efforts to sow political discord in our country did not end in 2016 and he will attempt to interfere in future elections, which is why I will continue to focus on bipartisan efforts such as the DETER Act that aim to protect the integrity of our elections and democracy from future foreign interference and influence campaigns.”
“[Russian] interference should result in further consequences for . . . Putin and his regime.”
“I feel very strongly that we’ll pass an election security bill. If you look at the ongoing efforts of the Russians and other foreign adversaries, they are not giving up.”
We know Russia meddled in our election based on information from our intelligence agencies, that is not acceptable and we need to make clear to the Putin regime that we will keep our sanctions in place and work with our allies to increase pressure on Russia until its behavior changes.
As we saw in the 2016 elections, Vladimir Putin’s Russia is attempting to strike at the very heart of the democratic values, freedoms, and liberty all Americans hold dear.
It is vital that we ensure our voting process remains fair and free from undue influence.
“Putin is not our friend; he’s an adversary intent on continuing Russia’s disruptive activities, including meddling in our own democratic process.”
We identified and came up with what we thought was an appropriate response, with the Elections Security Act. I think we need to get that in place.