Congressional Democrats want to boost FBI’s budget in the next funding bill, to allow the FBI to fight against any alleged Russian interference in the 2018 mid-term elections.
Top democrats and leaders have including Senate Minority leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) as well as people from the Senate Appropriations committees have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and to the speaker of the house Paul Ryan (R-Wis) urging them to support in the campaign.
The lawmakers wrote, “These attacks and Putin’s ongoing efforts to again interfere in our upcoming elections demand a robust and urgent response, and Congress must respond immediately to attacks on our democracy by a foreign adversary.”
The democrats are asking that the government should add at least provide an additional amount of $300 million for helping the FBI in countering the Russian involvement and all the other officials from international countries.
The democrats wrote, “This additional funding should be targeted to ensure the resources and manpower to counter the influence of hostile foreign actors operating in the U.S., especially Russian operatives operating on our social media platforms”.
The democrats are saying that they also want money for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The mammoth spending is known as omnibus until and the congress has until the 23rd or March to pass the bill.
Schumer failed to say in a discrete call with the reporters that took place on Wednesday whether the Democrats will oppose the subsidy bill if the money for intelligence community is not included.
He said, “We’re not drawing lines in the sand. We’re going to push hard to get this funding,”
Additionally, Schumer and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) sent a separate letter to Dan Coasts who is the director of national intelligence, and Kirsten Nielsen, who is a secretary. The letter said asked them to allow the release of a public report dealing with how Russia is trying to take a part and interfering in 2018 elections.
Alongside, they also included that they want them to update all the relevant congregational committees about any kind of threats that may be involved in the US election system.
What they wrote was, “The least we can do is ensure that state election officials – the people on the front lines of our democratic process – have the information they need to combat threats. This is vital to protecting our national security against cyber attacks.”
Therefore, it is necessary for the government to support the democrats to keep the elections limited to the residents of USA. Donald Trump achieved the Republican nomination on July 19, 2016, defeating John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio alongside. He surpassed 1,237 delegates that were needed to win the nomination, taking almost 1,542 votes.
Hillary Clinton was announced as the Democratic Party nominee on July 26, 2016, having beaten Bernie Sanders with 2,811 delegates. The Democratic Party primary race requires 2,383 votes to win the nomination.