The Senate passed legislation last night that would DETER anyone from meddling in a U.S. election from being able to enter the United States. Literally, the DETER Act stands for Defending Elections against Trolls from Enemy Regimes Act.
The bipartisan bill was spearheaded by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and passed the Senate by unanimous consent. After the committee’s vote Graham said in a statement:
As we saw in the 2016 elections, Vladimir Putin’s Russia is attempting to strike at the very heart of the democratic values, freedoms, and liberty all Americans hold dear. By barring foreigners who improperly interfere in our elections from coming to the United States, the DETER Act sends a message to hostile nations across the world that the United States will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections.
No doubt the move comes after the Mueller report and his recent press conference, speaking publicly on the matter for the first, and supposed last, time in over two years. Lawmakers have since tried to make strides towards election security and in time to put measures in place before the upcoming 2020 presidential election. The Hill reports the bill “would block individuals from being able to obtain a visa if they were attempting to or had engaged in ‘improper interference in U.S. elections.’
According to the legislation, that would include violating voting or campaign finance laws or trying to interfere in elections or a campaign while under the direction of a foreign government.” Democrats and Republicans seem to agree that there should NOT be meddling in our elections; now let’s see if they can agree on the parameters of meddling. The devil’s in the details.