Wednesday March 14, 2018
Members of Congress must demand action to protect our elections.
Where is the outrage from U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello and Sen. Pat Toomey for the unchecked and ongoing Russian interference in our elections?
Just weeks ago we heard from three of the nation's top intelligence officials that there is ongoing Russian activity aimed at meddling in the upcoming midterm elections.
On Jan. 30, the deadline to impose Russian sanctions required by law and signed by President Donald Trump, the White House announced that none would be implemented. We have subsequently heard from the Treasury secretary that there are sanctions in development. It's now more than a month past the deadline, and nothing.
Congress allocated $120 million to counter foreign efforts to meddle in our election, but the money is untouched by State Department.
The president has not directed our federal agencies to secure our elections and take active measures to protect our democracy.
It's an ominous sign too that Matthew Masterson is being replaced as chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. He has been an effective leader in helping states protect election systems from cyberattacks.
Why are Toomey and Costello silent? Is power so important to them that they are willing to sell out this country?
They should stand up for us. It is their sworn duty as members of Congress. They must demand that every tool in our arsenal be applied to defending us against foreign interference in our elections.
Lawmakers too quiet about Russian actions