Sheila Jackson Lee

From the office of:

Sheila Jackson Lee

Sending Office: Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
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Ensure That American Citizens Decide American Elections

 Free From Foreign Interference and Sabotage 

Co-Sponsor H.R. 2353

“Duty to Refuse and Resist Foreign Interference in American Elections Act of 2019”


Cosponsors (36): Nadler; Cummings; Thompson (MS); E.B. Johnson; Grijalva; John Lewis; Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.; Cicilline; Norton; Jeffries;
Deutch; Demings; Crist; Ryan; Higgins; McEachin; Kennedy; Davis (IL-07); Moore; Bass; Lee (C-13); Escobar; Lowenthal; Dingell; Brownley; Beyer; Heck; DeGette; Doggett; Clark; Espaillat; Cuellar; Kelly, R.; Cohen; Garcia; Meeks;


Dear Colleague:

I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor of H.R. 2353, the
“Duty To Refuse and Report Foreign Interference in American Elections Act of 2019,” which I introduced to impose an affirmative duty to refuse any offer of election
campaign assistance from any agent or entity acting on behalf or in the interest of a foreign government and to report to the Federal Bureau of Investigation any such offer of assistance from an agent or entity acting on behalf or in the interest of a foreign
government. This duty to refuse and report shall apply to candidates and any person working for, or volunteering with, a candidate for election to federal office. The legislation also requires the Federal Election Commission to require that a candidate for
election to federal office must certify quarterly that he or she is compliance with the above requirements. Violation of the Act carries a penalty of not more than 5 years in prison and a fine of not more than $250,000.

As the Mueller Report and the unanimous Intelligence Community Assessment indicated, Russia conducted a sophisticated campaign to elect Donald
Trump and defeat Hillary Clinton. The Trump Campaign knew that is what Russia was doing—the Trump campaign welcomed that assistance, did nothing to discourage it, did not report it, denied its existence and knowingly accepted the benefits of the hostile foreign

Duty to Refuse and Report Foreign Interference In American Elections Act is necessary to ensure that American elections are decided by American citizens free
from interference and sabotage by foreign nations, or their agents or allied entities. For more information, or to co-sponsor, contact Robin Chand at or by telephone at (202) 225-3816.


Very truly yours,

Sheila Jackson Lee

Member of Congress

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