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

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 (48): 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 (CA-13); Escobar;
Lowenthal; Dingell; Brownley; Beyer; Heck; DeGette; Doggett; Clark; Espaillat; Cuellar; Garcia (TX-29); Kelly (IL-02); Cohen; Phillips (MN-03); DelBene (WA-01); Meeks; DelBene; Velasquez; Wild; Lynch; Omar; Sablan; Tlaib; Schrier; Scanlon; Barragan; Pressley;


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 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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