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Conaway: House Must Address Serious Election Security Updates

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Washington, June 27, 2019 | comments

Washington, D.C. —Thursday, Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 2722:

“Democrats in the House of Representatives continue to pour money into the wrong solutions for serious problems facing our nation. After forcing H.R. 1 through the House earlier this year, they are at it again with H.R. 2722. This bill does nothing to secure our elections, but instead wastes over a billion dollars from the taxpayers on hyper partisan federal mandates aimed at affecting election outcomes.

“Our election infrastructure, over a decade old in many cases, is in dire need of significant upgrades. I am cosponsoring the Election Security Assistance Act, which builds off Republican efforts in the last Congress to provide necessary security improvements while maintaining the autonomy of states and local election officials. This legislation authorizes federal grants to states to help upgrade election systems, and provides security clearances to top election officials to better facilitate the sharing of sensitive election information.Critically, the Republican bill allows DHS officials to alert local state officials when they election system is under cyber-attack – something that is currently prohibited in current law and a provision that Democrats failed to put in their bill. It also creates new resources for election officials, including the first-ever Cyber Assistance Unit.

“Injecting more mandates from the federal government and blindly spending money will not solve our election security problems. I hope my Democrat colleagues realize that, abandon yet another messaging bill that has no meaningful impact, and work with Republicans on real solutions to secure our election infrastructure before 2020.”

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