Russian interference in the 2016 elections is a proven fact. There’s a real risk that Russia, and perhaps others, will attempt to influence the upcoming 2020 elections using similar tactics. This can’t be allowed, and helping states protect themselves from election interference is an essential defense against future election tampering.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already signaled that he won’t bring H.R. 1 up for a Senate vote, so there’s not much point in considering this bill. This bill is also likely to be ineffective given reports that the Election Assistance Commission hasn’t been a good partner to states.