The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee vowed a fight on an annual defense bill Tuesday after Republicans again blocked his legislation requiring political campaigns to report foreign offers of assistance to the FBI.
“I fear the Senate is about to fail once again to protect our elections from foreign interference,” Senator Mark Warner of Virginia said on the Senate floor.
Warner said Republicans stripped his measure from an intelligence bill that’s being combined with the National Defense Authorization Act. Warner said he’ll press for a vote on whether to add his proposal as an amendment to make senators to go on record for or against it.
“In a different time, with a different president, this bill wouldn’t be controversial at all,” Warner said. When a foreign power offers to aid a campaign, “the appropriate response is not to say ‘thank you.’ The appropriate response is ‘call the FBI.’ What a sad statement about partisan politics in our country when we can’t even agree on that.”