Pelosi scolds Trump; GOP snuffs out Sen. Warner’s FIRE Act

Pelosi scolds Trump; GOP snuffs out Sen. Warner’s FIRE Act

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Sen Warner & Sen Burr at the Worldwide Threats Assessment Senate briefing Feb 13, 2018, (Photo by Doug Christian)
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), left, and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) are shown at the Worldwide Threats Assessment Senate briefing on Feb. 13, 2018. Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee,on Thursday introduced the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections (FIRE) Act to be passed by unanimous consent. But Sen. Marsha Blackburn (D-Tenn.) objected to the bill. (Photo by Doug Christian)/TMN)

On the Hill with Doug Christian

(Audio: Speaker Pelosi lashed out at Trump for inviting foreign intervention. “Everybody in the country should be totally appalled by what the president said last night.”)

CAPITOL HILL– House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called President Donald Trump’s comments saying he had no problem accepting intelligence on opposing candidates from foreign governments, a “cavalier … assault on our democracy”.

In that spirit, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, introduced the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections (FIRE) Act to be passed by unanimous consent. The bill would require campaigns to report attempts by foreign governments to offer election assistance.

Warner said from the Senate floor:

(Audio: “This legislation is pretty simple, even for this body; it would require any presidential campaign that receives offers of assistance from an agent of a foreign government, has an obligation to report that offer of assistance to law enforcement, specifically the FBI.”)

But Senate rules require unanimity to approve a unanimous consent request. Any one senator can block such an appeal, and Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee objected to Warner’s motion. Sen. Blackburn said:

(Audio: Blackburn)

Rep. Louie Gohmert chats with the social media duo Diamond, left, and Silk on April 26, 2018, at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on”Filtering Practices of Social Media Platforms.” The sisters, who are also Conservative political activists, claim Facebook has suppressed some of their content because they are vocal supporters of President Donald Trump. (Office of Congressman Louie Gohmert)

Looking forward, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) unveiled the Diamond and Silk Act, named for the conservative YouTube personalities Diamond and Silk. The legislation, also known as the “End Sanctuaries and Help Our American Homeless and Veterans Act” would take funds from sanctuary cities and divert the money to veterans and the homeless.

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

 

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