Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer demanded at least $300 million in funds to help the FBI and Department of Homeland Security clamp down on Russian election interference; saying the money would help the US “adequately respond” to foreign meddling.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Pelosi requested the increased funding in written statement to Speaker Paul Ryan; urging the GOP-controlled Congress to boost the government’s defenses against cyber intrusions.
“In order to ensure our nation’s premier law enforcement agency can adequately respond to this threat, we urge you to support a $300 million increase in the Bureau’s 2018 budget request,” said the statement.
“We have Russian operatives flooding our social media platforms with misinformation. We need both the resources and manpower to expose and counter them and other hostile foreign actors,” Schumer added Wednesday.
The liberal call for increased funds come as special counsel Robert Mueller’s office indicted 13 Russian nationals late last week; accusing the foreign agents of wreaking havoc on social media ahead of the 2016 presidential election.