What They’re Saying About the Blue Dog Coalition’s Election Security Proposal
WASHINGTON—Last week, the Blue Dog Coalition, which focuses on issues related to fiscal responsibility and national security, 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.
Since its release, people across the country and around the world are still talking about the Blue Dog proposal. We’ve already seen significant movement in the House to advance Blue Dog-endorsed priorities. This week, we anticipate the House will pass the SAFE Act, which the Coalition endorsed and includes several polices in the Coalition’s original proposal, including a requirement for voting systems to use individual, durable, voter-verified paper ballots, expansion of risk-limiting audits, and authorization of necessary funding to states to assist in securing election infrastructure.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: Leaders, policy experts, and policy organizations have also been buzzing about the Blue Dog Coalition’s election security proposal. Here’s what some of them are saying:
“I commend the Blue Dog Coalition for identifying bipartisan solutions to confront the national security threat posed by foreign interference in our elections. The Mueller Report made clear that Russia attacked our democracy, and the House will act to prevent foreign interference in the future. I look forward to working with the Coalition to advance the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act on the Floor this week and taking additional steps to safeguard our democracy.”
— Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, U.S. House of Representatives
“It’s no secret that foreign powers have their sights set on disrupting American elections. Robert Mueller laid out in detail Russia’s efforts to interfere in 2016, there were reports of additional meddling in the 2018 midterms, and intelligence agencies have warned that we continue to be at risk heading into the 2020 election. Safeguarding our democracy should not be a partisan issue. There are specific and commonsense steps Congress can take, whether it’s ensuring that each voting machine in the country produces a backup paper record or requiring better transparency and disclosure for online political ads. We know what we need to do, and there is no time to waste.”
— Lawrence Norden, Director of the Election Reform Program, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
“President Trump has made it clear he welcomes foreign interference in U.S. elections if it helps him win. That shocking reality means Americans will have to look elsewhere for leadership to safeguard our democracy. Fortunately, the House of Representative's Blue Dog Coalition has stepped forward with a comprehensive plan for protecting the 2020 elections against interference by Russia and other U.S. adversaries. We commend the Blue Dogs for offering a patriotic blueprint for election security that all Americans, regardless of party, should support.”
— Will Marshall, President, Progressive Policy Institute (PPI)
TWEET TWEET TWEET: Folks also took to Twitter to give their take on the Blue Dog proposal, including national security experts such as Josh Rudolph, who now serves as the Fellow for Malign Finance at the Alliance for Securing Democracy. He formerly served at the White House National Security Council, where he chaired interagency diplomatic and technical work on Russia sanctions and coordinated other economic statecraft initiative. Here’s the full thread with his take:
THE NEWS HEARD AROUND THE WORLD: The news of the Blue Dog election security proposal went international, was covered by Russian media outlets, and shook the Russian markets. It’s also made its way into communities across the country. Here’s a sample:
- DESERET NEWS: Utah's Ben McAdams, other moderate Democrats in Congress, back election security measures
- SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP: Blue Dog Dems call for bipartisan action to prevent foreign interference in US elections
MISSED THE ANNOUNCEMENT? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. You can watch the prepared remarks portion of the Blue Dog Coalition’s press conference here. You can also read the full announcement here.