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States must precisely spell out their needs for additional federal dollars to secure election systems and make the case to the federal government, Christopher Krebs, a top cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security, said today -- one day after the House voted down a Democratic amendment to provide more money for the Election Assistance Commission.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration hosted a meeting Thursday on software vulnerabilities during which industry and government participants agreed to launch a pilot project for securing medical devices, among other working groups expected to be formed as part of the effort.

Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Chris Coons (D-DE) are pledging to try again on their resolution calling for information on President Trump’s one-on-one meeting with Russian President Putin and other steps, while the top Republican in the Senate has directed the Banking and Foreign Relations panels to examine possible additional sanctions as a way to influence Russia’s behavior.

Senate Rules Committee leaders said Thursday they are planning to mark up the Secure Elections Act “soon,” while House Democrats and Republicans remain almost completely divided on steps to take to address election security in the wake of President Trump’s comments this week about Russian election hacking.