Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi blocks a trio of bills
• On Wednesday, Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi blocked two election security bills and a cybersecurity measure. Senate Intelligence Committee vice-chairman condemned the motion by Hyde-Smith.
• Objective of the bills was to strengthen the election security. The two security bills would require campaigns to alert the FBI and the Federal Election Commission if they get any foreign offers of assistance. Third bill talks of providing cyber help to the personal devices and accounts of senators and staff.
• Objection from GOP came just hours after former special counsel Robert Mueller warned about the growing threat of foreign powers interfering in the US elections. "â€¦.many more countries are developing capabilities to replicate" what Russia did in the last US election, Mueller said during congressional testimony.
• Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith objected to the bills based on the GOP arguments that Congress already responded to the upcoming election's security needs, according to CNN. She gave no details if she made the motion on her own or on behalf of the party, notes New York Magazine.
• Last month, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) blocked the legislation citing it to be overly broad.