This GOP Bill Could Make It Easier for Russia to Hack U.S. Elections

February 14, 2017

Cross-posted at Fortune.

On Monday, Michael Flynn resigned as national security advisor following revelations that he improperly discussed sanctions with a Russian diplomat before President Donald Trump took office. The illicit conversations took place the same day then-President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

These foreign incursions into American political institutions raise serious national security concerns. Yet instead of working to strengthen our national security infrastructure, a congressional committee just voted to weaken it.

Last week, the House Administration Committee approved the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Termination Act, a bill to abolish the only federal agency tasked with helping states with election administration. The EAC is a little-known and tiny bipartisan agency—its annual budget is less than $10 million—with a critical mission of helping states administer elections in the most secure and reliable way. Eliminating this agency could undermine our national election infrastructure.

Read the full article at Fortune.

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