Blue Dog Leadership Responds to Reports of Russia Meddling in the 2020 Election
WASHINGTON—Today, in response to the New York Times report revealing that U.S. intelligence officials briefed lawmakers that Russia is meddling in the 2020 election in an attempt to get President Trump re-elected, the Blue Dog Co-Chair for Administration and former Department of Defense national security specialist, Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) issued the following statement:
“If the intelligence was indeed presented as the New York Times reports, the fact that any foreign country is meddling in any U.S. election in support of any candidate, Democrat or Republican, should alarm both parties.
“Last summer, the Blue Dogs called on Congress to pass the most hard-hitting measures ever imposed against Russia in retaliation to its attempts to meddle in the 2016 and 2018 elections and pursue aggressive policies to deter future interference attempts by Russia and other adversaries, including China, Iran, and North Korea. If the press reports are true, Congress can and should immediately pass these bipartisan measures to send a clear message to the world: if you mess with the United States, there will be swift and severe consequences.”
In June 2019, the Blue Dogs released a package of legislative proposals in response to the conclusions presented in Volume I of the Mueller Report regarding Russia’s attack against the U.S. political system and attempts to interfere in the 2016 election. The solutions are based primarily on a set of 11 bills endorsed by the Coalition and have earned bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. Two of those bills, S. 1060, Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines (DETER) Act of 2019 and S. 482, Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression (DASKA) Act of 2019, would enact aggressive policies to deter adversaries from meddling in U.S. elections and impose further sanctions against Russia for its actions in the 2016 and 2018 elections.