Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said yesterday that he supports giving states an additional $250 million next year to improve their election security systems.
The Senate Appropriations Committee agreed by voice vote today to add the additional funding for election security grants to a spending bill covering financial services and general government operations.
“I’m proud the financial services and the general government bill included a bipartisan amendment providing another $250 million from the administration to help states improve their defenses and shore up their voting systems,” McConnell said on the floor.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) said McConnell had previously blocked Democratic attempts to bring legislation to the floor to help states update voting equipment.
“Leader McConnell kept saying we don’t need the money,” Schumer said. “But now, thank God, he has seen the light. We need more money for election security. Ask election officials, Democrat or Republican, throughout the country.”
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