U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, joined his congressional colleagues in the centrist Blue Dogs Coalition to call for bipartisan legislation to secure elections and deter foreign actors from interference.
Members of the Blue Dog Coalition have pushed for the legislation in response to the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s attempted interference during the 2016 presidential election, according to a news release.
“Foreign interference in our electoral process is very serious and strikes to the core of our democracy,” Lipinski said in a statement. “Congress must work together on bipartisan solutions that prevent interference in future elections.”
The package of legislation aims to equip and inform states and local municipalities about securing elections, increasing voters’ confidence in the electoral process, regularly assessing threats and enhancing coordination efforts among officials at all levels of government.
The proposals also include measures such as the “Honest Ads Act,” which would require political advertisements sold on the internet to abide by the same transparency and disclosure rules as political advertisements sold on television, radio and satellite platforms.
Coalition members want Congress to pass “the most hard-hitting measures ever” imposed against Russia in retaliation for its attempts to meddle in the 2016 and 2018 elections, according to the release. They also want to pursue aggressive policies to deter further attempts to interfere in elections.