McConnell Blocks Election Security Bill

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We ran the numbers: There are 241 news articles covering this topic. 28% (67) are left leaning, 46% (111) center, 26% (63) right leaning.

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked two election security bills on the Senate floor last week in the wake of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony. 

McConnell determined the bills to be overly partisan and argued the Trump administration has already taken sufficient action towards securing the nation’s elections. In response, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer disagrees, “Mueller’s testimony was a clarion call for election security. Mueller's testimony should be a wake-up call to every American, Democrat, Republican, liberal, [and] conservative, that the integrity of our elections is at stake,” he said. 

Coverage of McConnell blocking election security legislation differs dramatically across the political landscape. A left-leaning Washington Post article highlights Mueller’s warning of continuing Russian meddling in upcoming elections and Schumer’s denunciation of McConnell’s efforts. “Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) reiterated Democratic criticism of McConnell for refusing to have any wide-ranging debate on legislation to boost election security, noting that the GOP leader could open the debate with different legislation than the House-passed bill,” the article notes.

Conversely, a right-leaning National Review article focuses on criticizing Democrat outrage directed towards McConnell. The article attacks Democrats who accused McConnell of doing Russia’s bidding. “The occasion for the assault on McConnell was a naked and cynical political setup,” the article claims.

Meanwhile, centrist news articles avoid taking a position on McConnell’s actions on the Senate floor. One article from The Hill focuses on covering comments from Senator Mark Warner “that ‘common-sense’ election security measures would get a supermajority on the Senate floor if a vote was allowed.”


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