Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellUS could default within weeks absent action on debt limit: analysis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown Senate dodges initial December crisis with last-minute deal MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday slammed President Obama over reports that he is weighing tightening campaign finance laws, suggesting the move would be illegal.
"Obama is again considering imposing his ‘enemies list’ regulation by executive order — just weeks after Congress voted overwhelmingly to pass, and the president signed into law, legislation prohibiting him from doing that very thing," he said from the Senate floor.
The president is reportedly considering requiring federal contractors to disclose their political contributions to outside groups. Congressional Democrats have pushed the Obama administration for years to finalize a proposed regulation to require federal contractors to disclose their political donations.
But a provision included in last month's omnibus spending bill blocks any funds from being used to require federal contractors to disclose political donations as part of the bidding process.
It also blocks the Securities and Exchange Commission from using funds to issue new rules requiring pubic companies to disclose political donations or the IRS from creating new rules on 501(c)(4) groups' political spending as part of an end-of-the-year spending bill.
Republicans argue that requiring federal contractors to disclose donations would inject politics into the process of awarding federal contracts.
McConnell said in addition to being against the law, the potential new regulations are "terrible policy" and that “Congress has rejected these types of polices already."