Republicans To Block Funding For Election Security

The Hill reports:

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a member of Senate GOP leadership, said Wednesday that the chamber is unlikely to vote on any election security legislation, despite requests from a federal agency for more funding to improve election systems nationwide.

Blunt made the remarks at a Senate Rules Committee hearing where Election Assistance Commission (EAC) officials highlighted what they said is an urgent need for more resources.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has publicly said he won’t allow a vote on the bill. When asked about Blunt’s remarks on Wednesday, McConnell’s office pointed to the majority leader’s “case closed” comments earlier this week on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference in 2016.