Watchdog groups are calling on Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) to support a sweeping campaign-finance bill and oppose any GOP effort to filibuster it.
The Senate as early as this week is expected to consider the Disclose Act, a measure aimed at blunting the impact of the Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling earlier this year, which lifted restrictions on corporate and union funding of political advertisements.
“Your vote on the Disclose Act will be a vote on the most important government integrity reform measure to be considered thus far by the Senate in this Congress,” the groups wrote to Brown. “This critical ‘accountability and transparency’ legislation deserves your support. Any effort to filibuster the Disclose Act deserves your opposition.”
Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerMcConnell to Dems: Work with us on GOP's 'formidable' challenges Democrats and the boycott of Trump's inauguration The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-N.Y.), the lead sponsor of the Senate version of the bill, had tried to convince Brown to sign on as a co-sponsor of the measure, but he refused. That left Democrats without any Republican co-sponsors for the measure in the Senate.
An editorial in Monday’s New York Times urged Brown, as well as Maine GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsOvernight Healthcare: Trump reinstates ban on US funds for overseas abortions GOP senators: Give states the option of keeping ObamaCare GOP senators to introduce ObamaCare replacement plan MORE and Olympia Snowe, to vote in favor of the bill and oppose an expected filibuster by Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Finance: Trump takes US out of Pacific trade deal | WH says Trump has left his businesses | Lobbyists expect boom times McConnell to Dems: Work with us on GOP's 'formidable' challenges McCain: Trump's withdrawal from TPP a 'serious mistake' MORE (R-Ky.).
Senate Democrats are leaning on Brown to support a number of their priorities in the final weeks before the August congressional recess. Brown, who was elected in January to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), announced Monday he would vote in favor of a bill imposing new Wall Street regulations, moving Democrats one vote closer to the 60 they need to reach cloture on the measure.
House Democratic leaders in late June overcame opposition from Republicans and within their own ranks to push through the Disclose Act on a 219-206 vote.
House and Senate Democratic leaders had hoped to get the bill to the president’s desk by the July 4 recess in order to affect the busy late-summer and early-fall election season. With stiff Senate Republican opposition to the measure and a loaded July legislative calendar, time is now running out on the Senate calendar to pass the bill.