Brown on DISCLOSE: “Inappropriate”

The Hill’s latest update on the DISCLOSE Act includes comments by Senator Brown.

Two Democrats, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) and Frank Lautenberg (N.J.), have criticized the legislation over compromises made to get it through the House. And a key Republican, Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.), told The Hill on Thursday that pushing a campaign finance bill through Congress right before an election would be “inappropriate.”

The Times has more on what’s next.

Senate Republicans control enough votes to filibuster the measure, and given the tense climate of a midterm election year, it is not clear that Senate Democrats will have the stomach for a protracted fight.

The Times editorial page urges Senate approval.

The measure, sponsored by Representative Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat of Maryland, also would put restrictions on campaign spending by major government contractors and foreign controlled companies. Ideally, it should not have been freighted with exceptions for the National Rifle Association and other large nonprofit groups that exercised last-minute arm-twisting. But the disclosure provisions remain strong and have the blessing of good-government watchdogs like the League of Women Voters.

The Post notes the bill’s uncertain future here.

But while Reid and Schumer committed “to working tirelessly for Senate consideration of the House-passed bill,” they offered no firm promise that the measure would ever hit the floor of their chamber. The Senate version has 50 co-sponsors and it’s not clear whether the 60 votes necessary to overcome a certain GOP filibuster could be mustered.

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