Shays-Meehan "campaign finance reform"
to restrict free speech about politicians
House Roll Call No. 422
106th Congress, 1st Session

Passed: 252-177 (see complete tally)
The House passed the Shays-Meehan "campaign finance reform" bill (H.R. 417), 252-177, roll call 422, Sept. 14, 1999. NRLC strongly opposed the bill, because it contained sweeping restrictions on the right of citizen groups (such as NRLC and NRLC affiliates) to communicate with the public regarding the positions and votes of members of Congress and other federal politicians on pro-life issues, and regarding upcoming votes in Congress. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Chris Shays (R-Ct.) and Marty Meehan (D-Ct.), was supported by 54 Republicans and 197 Democrats. It was opposed by 164 Republicans and 13 Democrats. Neither this bill nor similar legislation sponsored by Senators John McCain (R-Az.) and Russell Feingold (D-Wi.) were enacted in the 106th Congress, due to filibusters led by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 422
Votes For : 252
Votes Against : 177
Not Voting : 5

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