On Tuesday, the Maine senator tweeted that she would be signing onto Warner’s bill — the FIRE Act — as the measure’s first Republican co-sponsor.
The FIRE Act would “require presidential candidates” to immediately notify the Federal Elections Commission — who would then contact the FBI — if they are “contacted by a foreign power” that is trying to interfere in U.S. elections.
“Russia’s efforts to interfere in our elections remain relentless. I’m proud to join Sen. [Mark Warner] in cosponsoring the bipartisan FIRE Act to require presidential candidates to immediately call the FBI if they are contacted by a foreign power attempting to target our elections,” she tweeted.
Warner also published an announcement on Twitter, saying that it was integral to “make it clear for presidential campaigns” that they need to contact the FBI if foreign powers contact them in an attempt to “interfere in our elections.”
“Today I’m pleased to add [Collins] as a sponsor of the FIRE Act. We need to make it clear for presidential campaigns going forward: if a foreign power contacts you attempting to interfere in our elections, you call the FBI.”
Today I'm pleased to add @SenatorCollins as a sponsor of the FIRE Act. We need to make it clear for presidential campaigns going forward: if a foreign power contacts you attempting to interfere in our elections, you call the FBI. #ProtectOurElections
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) July 30, 2019
Collins’s support for the measure comes as the issue of election security becomes increasingly partisan.
Senate Republicans — led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — have shot down attempts by the chamber’s Democrats to pass House Democrat legislation under the claims that the measures would benefit Democrats politically.
McConnell came under fire recently for blocking two attempts by Senate Democrats at passing election interference legislation by unanimous consent, with some members of the media smearing him as “un-American” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough attacking the Senate majority leader as “Moscow Mitch.”
As IJR Red previously reported, McConnell did not take these assertations sitting down, bringing the hammer to the Senate floor to blast Scarborough and the “hyperventilating hacks” by saying in a speech that “the outrage industrial complex doesn’t let a little thing like reality get in their way.”