Senate Wants to Move Quickly on Imposing New Speech Limits

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) introduced his legislation to address America’s campaign finance laws recently affected by the Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling. Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) will sponsor a companion bill in the House.

Shopfloor has already highlighted some of the problems with what is being called the DISCLOSE (Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections) Act.

Acronym aside, is democracy really strengthened by imposing limits on speech during elections?

Even with a busy Senate calendar that includes financial services reform and potentially climate change legislation, The Hill reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) plans to move the bill near the front of the Senate’s agenda.

Schumer said, “Leader Reid has pledged this bill will be on the floor before July 4.”

Proponents of the legislation are seeking swift passage in order for it to have maximum impact on this fall’s Congressional elections.

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