Senate to take second shot Tuesday to advance DISCLOSE Act

The Senate will try again to advance the DISCLOSE Act Tuesday, after Republicans prevented it from moving on Monday.

Senators are scheduled to hold a procedural vote on the bill at 3 p.m. -- technically, a motion to limit debate on a motion to proceed to the bill. That vote will follow Tuesday morning debate on the bill, after a long debate Monday night for Democrats.

Democratic senators made floor speeches Monday until after midnight in support of S. 3369, which would require companies, unions and other entities to report campaign spending of more than $10,000. They started shortly before 7 p.m., and spent the night without interruption from a single GOP senator.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) chided GOP members for not showing up for the “midnight vigil.”

“The fact that we’ve been on the floor for five hours and there hasn’t been a pause says something,” Schumer said late Monday evening. “The fact that no one else on the other side of the aisle has come to the floor says something as well."

Schumer said he thought it was “unfortunate” that Republicans would not allow a vote and further debate on the bill, and inferred that their opposition was politically motivated.

“I think the reason so few people have shown from the other side is not out of conviction, but out of short-term political advantage because the multimillion dollar contributions are coming to the other side,” Schumer said. “We’re here late at night desperately trying to persuade our colleagues.”

Republicans have not indicated that they are likely to change their mind after a night’s sleep.

Earlier in the day, Republicans accused Democrats of setting up a vote they knew would fail in order to score political points, and accused Democrats of ignoring the pending tax increases that will take place at the start of 2013 without congressional action. Every voting Republican voted against a motion to limit debate on the motion to proceed to the bill, prompting it to fail 51-44 in a vote that needed 60 supporters.

— This story was updated at 12:33 a.m., Tuesday.

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