This bill establishes the Commission to End Russian Interference in United States Elections as an independent commission to examine Russian cyber operations and attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. national election. The commission must examine attempts by the Russian government, governments or other entities associated with or collaborating with Russia, or persons or entities in Russia to:
- access, alter, or tamper with voting systems, voter roll information, the Donald J. Trump and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign organizations, and the Democratic and the Republican national committees, congressional campaign committees, and governors associations;
- promote propaganda relevant to any election for public office held in the United States during 2016; and
- use electronic means to influence, interfere with, or sow distrust in such elections.
The commission must: (1) report on evidence developed by federal agencies; (2) build upon investigations of executive branch, congressional, or independent entities; and (3) make a full accounting of interference attempts and the U.S. response, and government preparedness, to defend against such interference.
The commission may receive classified information and issue subpoenas.
The commission must report to the President and Congress with conclusions and recommendations on preventing a reoccurrence of such interference.
Since the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller in May, 2017, the push to establish an independent congressional commission appears to have stalled. HR. 356 remains an active bill, but appears unlikely to get much further attention at this time.
Introduced into the Senate on January 4, 2017. Referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.
- Feinstein: Yes
- Harris: No
Senator hasn't yet co-sponsored:
"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling because I believe it's crucial to have an independent and bipartisan commission to investigate Russian interference in our election, so I'd like to ask _____ (Senator name) to please co-sponsor S. 27 to establish that commission. Furthermore, I'd like to ask that the Senator use any and all procedural methods to slow down Senate business until and unless that independent commission is established and an independent special prosecutor is appointed, including objecting to all calls for unanimous consent, and slowing down all committee business. The integrity of our democracy must be a priority for all Americans regardless of party. Thank you."
Member of Congress has already co-sponsored:
"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling to thank _____ (Senator name) for co-sponsoring S. 27 to establish an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in our election. I'd like to ask that the Senator also use any and all procedural methods to slow down Senate business until and unless that independent commission is established and an independent special prosecutor is appointed, including objecting to all calls for unanimous consent, and slowing down all committee business. The integrity of our democracy is of the utmost importance to all Americans regardless of party, and the Senate must fulfill its constitutional duty to provide a check on this authoritarian Executive. Thank you."