Top Democrats including Nancy Pelosi (D – California) and Charles Schumer (D- New York) both of whom are Senate House Minority Leaders are calling for $300 million dollars to be given to the FBI. The money would be used to protect this year’s midterm elections from potential foreign involvement. This action is requested just days after the Justice Department has indicted the Russian for meddling in the presidential election in 2016.
The Democrats would use the funds for to increase staffing requirements to counter foreign influences, especially the Russian operations on the United States social media platforms. They are also asking for resources of an undetermined amount of funds to increase the budget for Homeland Security and the Election Assistance Commission, so they can work with local and state governments increase the security of election framework including voting machines and the voter databases.
The next government budget is on March 23rd. Pelosi and Schumer are not asking for democrats to withhold their votes or force a government shutdown over this request. Schumer said that the broad budget caps were lifted this year and they are hoping to get bipartisan support for the funds as this affects all parties’ interest in the mid-term election in November of 2018.
Schumer has also said that he and his Democratic associates would like the Trump administration to issue a report to the public detailing how Russia could interfere with the 2018 election and for a classified document to be provided to congressional committees and state officials. Homeland Security has said that 21 states had experienced a small number of network compromises by Russian hackers during the 2016 Presidential election.