Get the latest market trends in your inbox

Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with the Axios Markets newsletter. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Denver news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Denver

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Des Moines news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Des Moines

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Minneapolis-St. Paul news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Minneapolis-St. Paul

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Tampa-St. Petersburg news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Tampa-St. Petersburg

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Democrats forced a vote on election security funding this week — and lost again today.

The big picture: This shows that the recent outburst in criticism against President Trump's back-and-forth on whether he believes the intelligence community's assessment that Russia meddled in U.S. elections may not be enough to translate into votes. According to an exclusive Axios/SurveyMonkey poll, Republicans overwhelmingly (79%) approve of the way Trump handled his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The trend: This is not the first time the $380 million proposal has been shot down this year, as it has been blocked by both the Rules Committee and House Appropriations.

Why it matters: The funding previously allocated by Congress is not enough to overhaul the electronic voting machines, leaving some states without the ability to ensure election results are accurate.

  • Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois is one of several Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff, who have been pushing for the funding. Of more than 20 states targeted by the Russians in 2016, Illinois was one state where voter information was actually stolen. Rep. Quigley tweeted today, "Republicans had a chance to do the right thing...They rejected that chance."
  • “It seems that Putin is Trump’s puppeteer, and that House Republicans have decided to join the charade," Nancy Pelosi said in a statement after the vote.

The other side: Republican Rep. Tom Graves has been resisting additional funds because the omnibus funds for election security shot slightly past how much the Help America Vote Act outlines, $3.65 billion. An aide of his tells Axios "the authorized amount is fully funded. If Congress determines that additional funds are needed and authorizes the use of those funds, Rep. Graves is happy to look for ways to help."

Go deeper:

Go deeper

3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Rahm Emanuel floated for Transportation secretary

Rahm Emanuel. Photo: Joshua Lott for The Washington Post via Getty Images

President-elect Biden is strongly considering Rahm Emanuel to run the Department of Transportation, weighing the former Chicago mayor’s experience on infrastructure spending against concerns from progressives over his policing record.

Why it matters: The DOT could effectively become the new Commerce Department, as infrastructure spending, smart cities construction and the rollout of drone-delivery programs take on increasing economic weight.

4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Biden turns to experienced hands for White House economic team

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Joe Biden plans to announce Cecilia Rouse and Brian Deese as part of his economic team and Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget, sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: These are experienced hands. Unveiling a diverse group of advisers also may draw attention away from a selection of Deese to run the National Economic Council. Some progressives have criticized his work at BlackRock, the world's largest asset management firm.

Biden taps former Obama communications director for press secretary

Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Jen Psaki, who previously served as Obama's communications director, will serve as President-elect Joe Biden's press secretary, the transition team announced Sunday.

The big picture: All of the top aides in Biden's communication staff will be women, per the Washington Post, which first reported Psaki's appointment.