Committee on House Administration Republicans, Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Representatives Mark Walker (R-NC) and Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) expressing concerns that the Democrats’ political agenda to impeach the President is interfering with Congress’ ability to legislate and the Committee’s ability to adequately prepare states for the 2020 election cycle.
Specifically, the Committee has been unable to negotiate bipartisan election security legislation or hold congressional hearings of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Election Assistance Commission and its election preparation for states, social media companies relating to preventing foreign interference in elections, and election vendors.
In the letter, the Members said:
“We write to express our disappointment that the Democratic Leadership has sidelined the important work of the House Administration Committee on election security as a result of the impeachment proceedings against President Trump.”
“Only 337 days remain before the 2020 election and the Committee has the important duty of ensuring that states have the resources they need in order to safeguard this upcoming election. This duty should not be pushed to the corner as a result of the time constraints and competing priorities imposed by the impeachment proceedings.”
“We have said throughout this year that we are ready and willing to work with the Majority of the Committee to produce a bipartisan election security bill. We stand in agreement on many pertinent issues, including the need for additional election infrastructure funding for states, increased information technology and other technical support for election officials, and updated guidance related to disclosures and disclaimers on political advertising.”
“We understand that the Majority’s focus on partisan election security legislation this year has been a directive from your Leadership, and distractions such as this are not advancing the cause of passing a bipartisan election security bill.”
“It is our hope that we, along with Chairperson Lofgren, can work together to address these issues despite the impeachment proceedings, but we have no time to waste as the 2020 election rapidly approaches.”
To read the full letter, CLICK HERE.
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