ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last week for blocking legislation he said would protect elections from foreign interference.
He called on the Republican senator from Kentucky to allow votes on legislation following testimony by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the release of Mueller’s report detailing intervention by Russia in the 2016 presidential election.
“We can act now in advance of the 2020 elections. We can deter Russia’s aggression. We can act now to protect free and fair elections – or we can simply stand down and hope for the best,” the second-term Democrat said. “This is at the heart of what a thriving democracy is all about. And, I would hope that we would not stand down, not let Vladimir Putin have his way in 2020, and stand up for free and fair elections – regardless of who wins them.”
Heinrich said McConnell’s blocking of the legislation came as the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report on Russia’s effort attacking the U.S. election infrastructure during the 2016 election. He is a member of the committee.