>> The threat of interference remains. And we recognize that the 2018 midterm and future elections are clearly potential targets for Russian hacking attempts.>> The head of US Homeland Security on Wednesday told lawmakers her department is deeply concerned with the security of voting systems ahead of the 2018 November primary elections.
DHS Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, faced a grilling from the Senate Intelligence Committee.>> The threat is real and the need to act is urgent.>> Senators pressed her on the threat of Russian election interference after US intelligence agencies concluded Russia tried to sway the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump's favor.
Now lawmakers are asking what the Trump Administration is doing to combat it.>> We need the administration to accelerate its efforts.>> Neilson strongly urged state election authorities to use paper ballots as a backup, so that results can be audited for signs of tampering. By her side also being pressed was Jeh Johnson, President Barack Obama's head of Homeland Security during the 2016 campaign.
Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein accused Johnson of not doing enough to stop alleged Russian interference.>> The American people were never told. Why?>> Senator, the American people were told.>> Not sufficiently in any way, shape, or form to know that there was a major active measure going on, perhaps by a foreign power.
>> In Congress' first step to boost election security, sources tell Reuters that lawmakers have included nearly $400 million in a massive federal government spending bill meant to keep voting machines safe from intrusion.