Sending Office: Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas

Ensure That American Citizens Decide American Elections Free From Interference and Sabotage By Agents, Actors, and Entities Allied With Foreign Nations

 

Co-Sponsor H.R. 2353

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

Cosponsors: Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, David Cicilline, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Raúl Grijalva, Adriano Espaillat

 

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 interference. 

 

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

 

Very truly yours,

 

Sheila Jackson Lee

Member of Congress 

 

 

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