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senate Bill S. 2313

Sanctioning Russia, China, North Korea and Other Countries if They Interfere in Federal Elections

Argument in favor

If foreign governments like Russia, China, or North Korea meddle in U.S. elections they should face sanctions. This bill establishes clear “redlines” to deter specific types of interference and ensures that there will be retaliation if those lines are crossed for repeat offenders like Russia.

Azrael's Opinion
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02/16/2018
We imposed sanctions on Russia and trump refusing to enforce Is this feel good legislation or just more bs? Enforce the Russian sanctions now
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Debbie's Opinion
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02/16/2018
Yes, yes, yes! To not place sanctions on these treasonous violations is treasonous in itself!
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Hope's Opinion
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02/16/2018
Here’s the problem… Sanctions have already been voted on and passed and are being ignored by the administration. All the laws can be made all the sanctions can be passed all of the reforms can be legislated but nothing is getting done because the president of the United States is an infantile, illegitimate president and his one desire is to make money off of this fiasco he calls an administration.
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Argument opposed

Imposing sanctions on foreign governments can have major repercussions for diplomatic and economic stability, and essentially pre-imposing sanctions for certain types of election interference is misguided. Retaliation should be on a case-by-case basis.

Tooluser1's Opinion
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02/16/2018
We meddle in other countries continuously. All this pearl cluthching is hypocrisy at it's most refined. Do you plan to disband the CIA, NSA, and all branches of military intelligence? If not, we rather lack the moral high ground here.
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Guy's Opinion
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02/16/2018
We don’t even hold our own news/media accountable no less large corporations or individuals here in the USA. Let’s face an issue here that elections are influenced already and bought and paid for. We also should ban lobbyists who also greatly influence our elections as well.
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Allan's Opinion
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02/16/2018
It is too vague and would quickly become a tool for those trying to manipulate the public.
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What is Senate Bill S. 2313?

This bill — known as the DETER Act — would punish foreign governments and their agents for interfering in U.S. elections by imposing sanctions. It establishes four “redlines” which would trigger retaliation if a foreign government or its agents: 1) Buy ads, including online ads, to influence an election; 2) Use social and traditional media to spread significant amounts of false information; 3) Hack and release or modify election and campaign infrastructure, including voter registration databases and campaign emails; or 4) Block or otherwise access to elections infrastructure, such as websites providing information on polling locations. It would also stipulate sanctions against Russia if it again meddles in a U.S. federal election, and require a plan for preventing such interference by China, Iran, North Korea, and any other country of significant concern.

If the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) determines that Russia once again interfered in an American federal election, this bill would require that a set of severe sanctions be implemented within 10 days of that determination. The sanctions would target major sectors of the Russian economy, including finance, energy, and metals and mining. Every senior Russian political figure or oligarch identified in the report required by the Countering America’s Adversaries Act would be blacklisted from entering the U.S. and have their assets frozen. The administration would also be required to work with the European Union to adopt a sanctions regime that broadens the impact.

Congress would also require the administration to produce deterrence strategies (including sanctions) for interference by China, Iran, North Korea, and other foreign governments of concern in U.S. elections within 90 days.

The bill’s full title is the Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines Act of 2018.

Impact

Foreign governments that meddle in U.S. elections; Congress; and the administration.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2313

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced this bill to deter foreign governments from interfering in U.S. elections:

“Protecting the integrity of our elections is an issue that knows no party. And with the midterm elections less than a year away, we have no time to waste. The DETER Act sends an unequivocal message to Russia and any other foreign actor who may follow its example: if you attack us, the consequences will be severe.”

Original cosponsor Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) added:

“We cannot be a country where foreign intelligence agencies attempt to influence our political process without consequences. This bill will help to ensure the integrity of our electoral process by using key national security tools to dissuade foreign powers from meddling in our elections.”


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Summary by Eric Revell

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Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines Act of 2018

Official Title

A bill to deter foreign interference in United States elections, and for other purposes.

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      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 16th, 2018
    We imposed sanctions on Russia and trump refusing to enforce Is this feel good legislation or just more bs? Enforce the Russian sanctions now
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    We meddle in other countries continuously. All this pearl cluthching is hypocrisy at it's most refined. Do you plan to disband the CIA, NSA, and all branches of military intelligence? If not, we rather lack the moral high ground here.
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    Absolutely and any American who is intentionally complicit in these attacks should be sent to prison in Fort Leavenworth military prison.
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    Yes, yes, yes! To not place sanctions on these treasonous violations is treasonous in itself!
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    Here’s the problem… Sanctions have already been voted on and passed and are being ignored by the administration. All the laws can be made all the sanctions can be passed all of the reforms can be legislated but nothing is getting done because the president of the United States is an infantile, illegitimate president and his one desire is to make money off of this fiasco he calls an administration.
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    We don’t even hold our own news/media accountable no less large corporations or individuals here in the USA. Let’s face an issue here that elections are influenced already and bought and paid for. We also should ban lobbyists who also greatly influence our elections as well.
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    It’s time to stop the Trump administration from pandering to Russia
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    Additional sanctions against Russia have crossed #45’s desk a few weeks back. He did not sign it. Therefore, as he has clearly indicated he promotes Russian interests more than those of the the US citizens, then pass this law. Any country who try to impose their wants on our elections. must be stopped. The best way to have them stopped is to hurt them in their wallets. It’s time for the US to get a backbone.
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    Yes, but can the executive branch be forced to uphold the law?
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    Protect our democracy from foreign governments!
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    Why is Congress allowing Trump to ignore sanctions on Russia - grow a spine or resign...you are all in Congress for the people, not this president!
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    It is too vague and would quickly become a tool for those trying to manipulate the public.
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    We absolutely need fair elections. Gerrymandering is bad enough but added foreign interference gets us bozos like DJT for prez.
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    How many people don't realize that the United States has been doing this to other countries for decades? Sanctioning others for doing the exact same thing we've been doing is a bit hypocritical, don't you think? Besides, they didn't tamper with our machines or votes. They simply opened the door to what the dnc and Clintons have been up to all these years. Seems like they did is a favor.
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    Please make sure it is not just limited to a few countries - it should be ANY nation that meddles in the election.
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    Stand up for your COUNTRY, not your party, or your Donors. GROW A SPINE.
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    Those who interfered in the 2016 election are members of the DOJ, FBI and Clinton campaign. Those are the ones who should be sanctioned.
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    This should have been acted on a year ago. Time to learn from other countries that have already setup programs to counter this attack.
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    One might also add any political party (whether Democrat, Republican, etc.) as well.
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    I agree the US should take every measure possible to insure our elections are fair and honest. However, you people already passed a bill to sanction Russia for interfering in our LAST election and what did that get you? Until the president and his minions Tillerson and Mnuchin do their jobs and obey the last law, this is a waste of time. Instead of taking a symbolic stand, perhaps you can drag the Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of State up to the hill and DEMAND an explanation for their desire in breaking the last law you passed. issuing sanctions after the fact help no one but the Russians, the Chinese and the North Koreans.
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