Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a leading member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement in response to today’s House Administration Panel vote to do away with the Election Assistance Commission:
“Even after Russian efforts to compromise our elections through cyber warfare, the House Administration Panel today moved to dismantle the agency tasked with protecting our voting machines.
“The Election Assistance Commission (EAC), which the panel voted to do away with by a vote of 6-3 on partisan lines, helps states administer their elections by offering information, creating voluntary guidelines, and certifying voting equipment and voter registration forms. Without the EAC, States’ election processes are more vulnerable to mismanagement, disenfranchisement, and outside interference. In part because of our recent cybersecurity threats, their work certifying voting equipment is particularly vital. Yet, House Republicans obviously don’t see a need for this critical safeguard, even in the face of prior international interference.
“Congress needs to be looking for ways to ensure the integrity of our electoral system instead of ways to undermine it. We should start by passing my SECURE Our Democracy Act, which sanctions foreign entities who interfere in our elections, and by holding hearings on Russian interference in 2016 election.”
Please note this statement was originally published on February 7, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.