Democrats Press Senate to Take Up Overhaul of Campaigns and Ethics

Sep 27, 2019
In The News

As House Democrats pursue an impeachment inquiry based largely on possible campaign finance violations against President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats sought a fresh spotlight for their stalled political money, ethics and elections overhaul measure. The House passed the bill by a vote of 234-193 along party lines on March 8, 200 days ago, the California Democrat noted. “We sent this legislation over to the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and it’s been sitting there in his grim reaper role,” Pelosi said at a Friday news conference flanked by several House Democratic freshmen who ran on many of the proposals included in the measure. “We’re saying to him, ‘You may think this is dead over there, grim reaper' — what a nice thing to say about yourself — but it is alive and well in the public.” House Democrats’ mega overhaul bill seeks to remake the nation’s voting, campaign finance and ethics laws and to shore up security at ballot boxes. That’s an especially urgent matter, Democrats argue, with the 2020 elections about a year away. The measure’s lead sponsor, Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland, acknowledged that the Senate was unlikely to take up the bill under McConnell's leadership, and he said it would remain a signature proposal for his party’s congressional and presidential candidates in the 2020 campaigns.