Hoyer Statement on Senate Vote on DISCLOSE Act

For Immediate Release:

July 16, 2012

Contact:

Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted to block consideration of the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act today:

“Today, Republicans voted to block consideration of the DISCLOSE Act, a measure that would provide greater transparency to political financing.  This represents a disappointing setback when it comes to ensuring that all Americans have an equal voice in choosing those who serve us in office.  The DISCLOSE Act would require the disclosure of donations to organizations engaged in campaign activity in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.  

“I commend Senate Democrats for standing together in favor of greater transparency and accountability in campaign financing and spending.  I call on Republicans in both chambers of Congress to stop allowing the voices of average Americans to be drowned out, and join with Democrats in passing the DISCLOSE Act so we can safeguard the central role of individual Americans in our democracy.” 

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