II. Federal-State Updates
As part of the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors winter meetings secretaries and election directors heard from a variety of federal officials on the topic of cyber security and also got to have a classified briefing from officials.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), as well as top Democrats on the House and Senate Appropriations committees, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) urging them to support an increase in funding to the FBI to help fight potential Russian interference in the 2018 midterm elections.
According to The Hill, they are asking for a $300 million increase in the FBI's budget to help target and counteract the influence of Russian and other foreign officials.