Republicans Block Bid to Extend Election Security Grants

By MATTHEW DALY

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House is moving forward with a spending bill that eliminates new funding for election security grants to states, amid protests by Democrats who say Republicans are not doing enough to prevent Russian meddling in U.S. elections.

Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois said Thursday that, “The Russians attacked our democracy. They will be back. The president is not willing to meet this challenge. We must be willing to meet the challenge.”

Congress approved $380 million in the current budget for a grant program overseen by the federal Election Assistance Commission. Democrats want to continue funding through 2019, but Republicans say money is still available to states and new spending is not needed.

A Democratic amendment to extend funding was defeated, 182-232.

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