‘Rise Above Pandering to Party and Putin’: Hoyer Calls for Increased Election Security Funding

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) received a standing ovation from his Democratic colleagues on Thursday after a fiery speech in support of additional election security funding.

“The director of the national intelligence has said, ‘There is a flashing red danger signal similar to the one that happened before 9/11,'” Hoyer said of the threat to election security in the coming midterms.

“This amendment responds by providing for us to partner with our states to slam the door in the face of the Russian bear, or any other adversary who seeks to steal the integrity of our elections,” he added.

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“Surely, we can rise above pandering to party and Putin to act on behalf of our freedom and our security,” he shouted. “We have sworn an oath to defend our Constitution and our liberty against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Hoyer’s remarks were met with an extended round of applause from Democratic members in the chamber, with a loud “U-S-A, U-S-A!” chant breaking out from the left side of the aisle.

Hoyer was speaking in support of an amendment from Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) for an additional $380 million in election security funding to be added to an appropriations bill.

Despite Democratic efforts to support that amendment, a vote to include it in the bill ultimately failed. The appropriations bill, without Quigley’s amendment, later passed the House by a vote of 217-199.

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