Tenn. Senator Blackburn torpedoes foriegn influence legislation

Jun 14, 2019

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va), and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tn)
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WASHINGTON, Tenn. (WMOT/AP)  --  Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn has blocked legislation requiring political campaigns to report offers of foriegn assistance to the FBI.



The proposal by Virginia Democrat Mark Warner came in response to President Donald Trump’s assertion on Wednesday that he would accept damaging information from a foreign entity about a political opponent.


Speaking on the floor of the Senate, Blackburn complained the Warner bill is “overbroad.”

“Presidential campaigns would have to worry about disclosure at a variety of levels, so many different levels.”

Warner responded saying the rules had changed with the 2016 presidential election.

“Our country is better than that, and our democracy is more important than its willingness to be traded away for short term political gain of being in cahoots with foriegn powers.”

It’s currently illegal to accept campaign assistance from a foriegn entity. Warner’s bill would make reporting such assistance mandatory.


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