Republicans Block Funding to Protect Our Elections


Today, 47 senators voted against an amendment by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) that would have provided money to states to fortify their elections.

It was an amendment to Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act of 2019 (H.R.6147). The amendment would have provided $250 million in grants to states to help them beef up their election security ahead of this year’s mid-term elections.

“It is unfortunate that the Senate has followed the same path as House Republicans,” Leahy said, “in blocking the funding our states need to help upgrade their infrastructure and secure our elections.”

Just last month, 21 state attorney generals sent congress a letter requesting more money to help upgrade their election systems. Today, Republicans said, “No.”

One Republican, Bob Corkey (TN) voted for the amendment. Republican senators John McCain (AZ), Jeff Flake (AZ) and Richard Burr (NC) did not vote on the amendment.

I wonder why Republicans don’t want to secure our elections.

If you want to tell these Republicans what you think, here are their names.

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Capito (R-WV)
Cassidy (R-LA)
Collins (R-ME)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Cotton (R-AR)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Daines (R-MT)
Enzi (R-WY)
Ernst (R-IA)
Fischer (R-NE)
Gardner (R-CO)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kennedy (R-LA)
Lankford (R-OK)
Lee (R-UT)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Paul (R-KY)
Perdue (R-GA)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rounds (R-SD)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sasse (R-NE)
Scott (R-SC)
Shelby (R-AL)
Sullivan (R-AK)
Thune (R-SD)
Tillis (R-NC)
Toomey (R-PA)
Wicker (R-MS)
Young (R-IN)

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