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McCain-Feingold "campaign finance reform"
Restrictions on free speech about politicians
10/19/1999
Senate Roll Call No. 331
106th Congress, 1st Session

Rejected: 53-47 (see complete tally)
On this roll call, the Senate failed to "invoke cloture" (end debate) on an amendment by Senator Harry Reid (D-Nv.) that reflected the content of a "campaign finance reform" bill sponsored by Senators John McCain (R-Az.) and Russ Feingold (D-Wi.). NRLC opposed the McCain-Feingold legislation (Reid Amendment) because it restricted the right of political parties, party officials, and members of Congress to raise or spend money for commentary on members of Congress and other candidates. For details on the objectionable provisions, see http://nrlc.org/Federal/Free_Speech/index.html. NRLC urged a "no" vote on invoking cloture. 47 senators voted against cloture while 53 senators voted in favor of cloture -- seven votes short of the 60 votes required, under Senate rules, to end debate. Vote No. 331, October 19, 1999.


Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 331
Votes For : 53
Votes Against : 47

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