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U.S. Representative Val Demings

Representing the 10th District of Florida

Rep. Demings’ Amendments to Counter Russian Election Interference Adopted

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May 24, 2018
Press Release

This week, Rep. Demings introduced the bipartisan ‘Defend Against Russian Disinformation Act.’ Today, the House of Representatives voted to include two provisions from that bill as bipartisan amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The amendments, like the bill, were cosponsored by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R, NY-21).

Said Rep. Demings, “Russia has attacked our democracy, and those of our allies, and we’re not going to sit on our hands and wait for it to happen again. I’m glad that two provisions from our bipartisan bill have been added to the NDAA, one step closer to becoming law.

“The threat of Kremlin-orchestrated aggression is clear and present: thirteen Russians and three companies have already been indicted for interfering with the 2016 election, and Russia has continued its campaigns of disinformation, propaganda, and political and military pressure against U.S. allies and interests. Our democracy is worth fighting for, and I’m glad that today we took two steps in the right direction.”

Background

The first amendment directs the Secretary of Defense to work with other NATO countries to conduct more research and joint NATO naval exercises in the Baltic and Black Sea to deter Russian aggression.

The second amendment expresses that the Intelligence Community should dedicate resources to further expose key financial networks used by the Russian political class to hide stolen money. In addition, it requires a classified report on Putin and other senior Russian officials regarding their financial assets.

Rep. Demings, Orlando’s former Police Chief, serves on the House Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees, and is a member of the Congressional Task Force on Election Security. As a member of the Task Force, she previously helped to introduce The Election Security Act to secure America’s election infrastructure.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R, NY-21) serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Russia’s 2016 election-interference campaign included an attempted breach of Florida’s election system, in which 12 Florida Supervisors of Elections were targeted.

A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found that nearly seven in ten Americans support tougher sanctions against Russia.

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