Press Release ● Defense and National Security
For Immediate Release: 
September 12, 2018
Contact Info: 
Annaliese Davis 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Trump Administration announced an executive order on election security:

“Having been signed by someone who takes the word of Vladimir Putin over our own intelligence agencies and called on Russia during the 2016 campaign to commit cyberattacks against our elections, today’s executive order is not going to make anyone believe that President Trump really cares about securing our elections against foreign interference.  It is a reminder of why the Republican-led Congress’s abandonment of its oversight responsibilities is so alarming.  Congress should be investigating foreign interference in our elections in a way that sets partisanship aside and demonstrates the independent and co-equal nature of the legislative branch.  That hasn’t happened.  

“Democrats, if entrusted with the Majority next Congress, should take action to secure our elections and prevent Russia and other actors from hacking voting systems or using new technologies to spread misinformation among voters.  When the President fails to do his job, it is up to Congress to hold him accountable and protect the American people and our democracy.  A vague executive order just two months before Election Day is too little, too late, raising questions about the President’s commitment to fair elections free from foreign involvement.”