Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerWarner: 'Common sense' election security bills 'would get 75 votes' if brought to the Senate floor McConnell under fire for burying election bills in 'legislative graveyard' Hillicon Valley: DOJ approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Trump targets Google, Apple | Privacy groups seek to intervene in Facebook settlement | Democrats seize on Mueller hearings in election security push MORE (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that “common-sense” election security measures would get a supermajority on the Senate floor if a vote was allowed.
“I think there’s come common sense things that would get 75 votes if they could get to the floor of the Senate,” Warner said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
They included an “obligation … to tell the FBI” about offers of dirt on political opponents by foreign governments and paper ballot backups for all polling stations, as well as “some rules of the road for Facebook, Twitter, social media,” he told CBS’ Margaret Brennan.
However, he said, “this administration has stopped every election security legislation coming to the floor and they’ve been supported in that effort by the Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWarner: 'Common sense' election security bills 'would get 75 votes' if brought to the Senate floor Mulvaney: 'We're doing everything necessary' on election security 'Mitch McConnell is a Russian' trends after GOP senator blocks election security bills MORE.”
At the federal level, Warner said the Department of Homeland Security has “upped its game” but he continued to hear from state officials who said they needed more help to ensure election security.
“I just don’t get why this president wouldn’t be willing to say ‘let’s make sure that our elections are secure in 2020,’” he added.
Warner’s appearance directly followed that of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyWarner: 'Common sense' election security bills 'would get 75 votes' if brought to the Senate floor Mulvaney: 'We're doing everything necessary' on election security Mulvaney defends Trump's 'infested' remarks in grilling from Chris Wallace MORE, who said an election security bill that McConnell would not bring to the floor was “simply showmanship” and “completely unnecessary.”