On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Defending Elections against Trolls from Enemy Regimes, or the DETER Act, to ban foreign nationals attempting to interfere with America’s elections. The bill, which passed unanimously in this polarized political age, targets individuals outside the U.S. who try to influence elections and blocks them from receiving a U.S. entry visa. “Improper interference” includes conduct that violates federal criminal, voting rights, or campaign finance law, or is under the direction of a foreign government. Russia was cited as the case in point for needing such legislation. One wonders why, however, such a law was not already in place before 2016.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday passed legislation that would ban foreign nationals who try to interfere with U.S. elections.
The Defending Elections against Trolls from Enemy Regimes, or the DETER Act, is aimed at cracking down on people outside the U.S. who try to change the outcome of elections, an issue members of both parties have raised as a priority this year. Under the bill, which passed in a unanimous voice vote, foreigners who are deemed to have meddled in a U.S. election couldn’t get a U.S. entry visa.
The bill targets “improper interference,” which is defined as conduct that violates federal criminal, voting rights, or campaign finance law, or is under the direction of a foreign government. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., sponsored the DETER Act.
“In 2016, Russia committed an act of cyberwar against our country, and Congress has a responsibility to take immediate action to prevent Russia’s efforts to influence and disrupt the 2018 elections.