Senate rejects cybersecurity funding proposal

(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

The U.S. Senate rejected a plan Wednesday to dole out $250 million in new money to the states to beef up security for their election systems.

The move comes amid growing fears of Russian meddling in the upcoming mid-term elections.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Arizona Politics]

Senate Republicans said the money wasn't needed since Congress approved a $380 million cybersecurity package in March.

Arizona received $7.5 million of that, which Secretary of State Michele Reagan says is being put to use.

[RELATED: Arizona named one of the most vulnerable states for an election hack]

Reagan said the state doesn't need additional funds for security right now, so the Senate's decision was not a big loss.

"We're very comfortable with our elections systems in Arizona, we've done a number of enhancements since 2016," she said.

[RELATED: Extreme measures to protect Maricopa County voting systems from hackers]

Two years ago the state shut down its voter registration system for several days following a cyber attack.

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