DETER Act is the last chance we have at federal 2018 election protection

Your Action

Call your senators at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to pass the DETER Act (S.2313) and demand it include even stronger sanctions against Russia.

Background

The Senate is expected to begin debate on the DETER Act (S.2313) as early as this week. The DETER Act is bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) which would impose automatic sanctions on Russia (without any need for Trump to act) if the Director of National Intelligence determines that Russia interferes in our election by hacking state election infrastructure, candidates or campaigns or conducts social media propaganda to interfere in our election.

The legislation imposes the automatic sanctions on key Russian industries.  Given the risks posed, the sanctions should be made even stronger and Democrats are expected to introduce amendments to further strengthen the sanctions.

The DETER Act has a bi-partisan companion bill in the House (H.R.4884), but the House is unlikely to take it up unless the Senate passes the legislation.

The DETER Act has been stalled for months, but Trump’s disgraceful and treasonous performance in Helsinki has given it renewed traction, with key Republicans including Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Ben Sasse (R-NE), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) signing on as co-sponsors, along with Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

The DETER Act is the only remaining Congressional bill which would impact the 2018 election (the P.A.V.E. Act which requires paper ballots and post-election audits would not take effect until the 2020 election).

Red lights are flashing that Russia intends to interfere in our mid-term elections. Strong legislation is needed now to stop them.

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This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].

I urge Senator [____] to pass the DETER Act and demand it include even stronger sanctions against Russia.

Russia is already interfering in our election and must be deterred from further aggression.

The president shows no interest in stopping Russia’s interference. We must have strong automatic sanctions, bypassing the president, to ensure our 2018 election is not hijacked.

The ability to have faith in our elections is the cornerstone of our democracy.  We must protect the midterms.