Archive for July, 2018

Attacks on Our Country

Where was our congresswoman Republican McMorris Rodgers when her country needed her this week?

Russians intend to target our country again this election season. To prevent an attack on our country election systems, Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer from Maryland gave a passionate speech in Congress asking Republicans to vote in favor of approving funding for grants to states and counties for vital cybersecurity upgrades for this years elections. He pleaded for bipartisanship, but Republicans said “nope”. Republicans refused to vote for the funding and put our country first. From the Washington Post:

House Republicans on Thursday approved a spending bill that excludes new money for election security grants to states, provoking a furious reaction from Democrats amid a national controversy over Russian election interference.

The spending bill passed 217-199. Democrats’ bid to add hundreds of millions more in election spending was rejected 182-232 — as Republicans were unmoved by Democrats floor speeches decrying the funding changes and chanting “USA! USA!”

At issue is a grants program overseen by the federal Election Assistance Commission and aimed at helping states administer their elections and improve voting systems; Democrats want to continue grant funding through 2019, while Republicans say the program already has been fully funded.

House Republicans refused to allow a vote on a Democratic amendment to fund protections for election systems to protect voting from cyber attacks and hacking. Instead the Republicans preferred a spending bill that ends grant funding for that.

Republicans can find money to separate babies from their mothers and put them in jail. They can find money for military parades to bolster Trump’s ego. They can give billions of dollars of tax breaks to the rich. Why cannot they find more money to help local governments keep our elections secure?

Update: News also broke today that five cybersecurity experts have left and/or are leaving the FBI.

Mental Health and Gun Violence

(Letter-to-The-Editor) So the NRA and its Republican puppets, such as our own Cathy McMorris Rodgers, think the best way of counteracting terrorism, including school shootings, is improving mental health conditions rather than limiting gun availability.

Then I can’t think of any better way of breeding terrorists who want to strike back at the US than inflicting huge trauma on children by forcible separation from their parents.

With Lisa Brown we’ll get action for BOTH improved mental health conditions AND limited availability of military-style assault weapons.

Norm Luther
Spokane, WA 99223
July 8, 2018