Bipartisan U.S. Senate Bill on Foreign Involvement in U.S. Elections

On January 16, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) introduced S2313. It is pending in the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. It requires the Director of National Intelligence to determine whether any foreign government did any of these things: (1) obtain unauthorized access to election and campaign infrastructure; (2) block or degrade otherwise legitimate and authorized access to election and campaign infrastructure or related systems or data; (3) use social or traditional media to spread significant amounts of false information to individuals in the United States; (4) spend money for internet advertising about U.S. candidates.

The bill specifically mentions Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. It does not say those countries have done any of the actions, but it says if it is determined that they did, it outlines specific actions to be taken by the U.S. government in retaliation. Thanks to Election Administration Reports for this news.


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Bipartisan U.S. Senate Bill on Foreign Involvement in U.S. Elections — 7 Comments

  1. The bill – another case of better late than never.

    MAJOR brain dead stuff about ANY-thing coming across USA border — even alleged 1st Amdt stuff.

    Any *electronic* invasions ???
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    Art. I, Sec. 8. The Congress shall have Power ***

    Cl. 15. To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; ***

    Art. I, Sec. 10, para. 3. No State shall *** engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

    Art. IV, Sec. 4. The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.

  2. “(3) use social or traditional media to spread significant amounts of false information to individuals in the United States;” – So we’re establishing a “ministry of truth” now? 1984 was set just a few decades too early.

  3. One obvious remedy is to have ZERO commerce with any regime (Z) that attacks the USA election structure — and even ZERO commerce with any regime that has commerce with the Z regime.

    IE US vs them — the ANTI-Democracy ENEMY regime(s).

    See 1933-1941 — USA having ANY commerce with the Hitler regime – esp car/truck biz – used by Hitler in WW II to attack many nations.

    Same with Japan in 1931-1941 – esp oil and scrap iron – used later to attack USA on 7 Dec 1941.

  4. RE – *significant* amounts of *false* information

    The courts will quickly say — unconstitutional — void for vagueness.

  5. Hmm, does it make sense to think that foreign news articles and promoted Facebook posts hacked an election but restrictive ballot access and massive violations of the Tax code, FCC regulations, FEC regulations and the BCFRA are just fine and have no effect whatsoever?

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