DISCLOSE: What About the Unions, II?

When the House debates H.R. 5175, DISCLOSE Act, today, there will be no consideration of amendments to hold labor unions to the same limits on speech the legislation applies to corporation, thanks to votes taken Wednesday by the House Rules Committee.

The committee’s report summarizes the blocked amendments:

Rules Committee record vote No. 454

Date: June 23, 2010.

Measure: H.R. 5175.

Motion by: Dr. Foxx.

Summary of motion: To make in order and provide appropriate waivers for an amendment by Rep. Lungren (CA), #16, which would provide that the labor unions must certify no dues were received from foreign nationals prior to making political expenditures.

Results: Defeated 2-7.

Vote by Members: McGovern–Nay; Hastings (FL)–Nay; Matsui–Nay; Perlmutter–Nay; Pingree–Nay; Polis–Nay; Dreier–Yea; Foxx–Yea; Slaughter–Nay.

Rules Committee record vote No. 455

Date: June 23, 2010.

Measure: H.R. 5175.

Motion by: Dr. Foxx.

Summary of motion: To make in order and provide appropriate waivers for an amendment by Rep. Lungren (CA) and Rep. Gingrey (GA), #17, which would provide that the prohibition on expenditures by government contractors shall also apply to labor unions representing employees of those contractors.

Results: Defeated 2-7.

Vote by Members: McGovern–Nay; Hastings (FL)–Nay; Matsui–Nay; Perlmutter–Nay; Pingree–Nay; Polis–Nay; Dreier–Yea; Foxx–Yea; Slaughter–Nay.

Rules Committee record vote No. 456

Date: June 23, 2010.

Measure: H.R. 5175.

Motion by: Dr. Foxx.

Summary of motion: To make in order and provide appropriate waivers for an amendment by Reps. Lungren (CA) and Gingrey (GA), #22, which would provide that the prohibition on expenditures by government contractors shall also apply to labor unions having representational contracts with the government.

Results: Defeated 2-7.

Vote by Members: McGovern–Nay; Hastings (FL)–Nay; Matsui–Nay; Perlmutter–Nay; Pingree–Nay; Polis–Nay; Dreier–Yea; Foxx–Yea; Slaughter–Nay.

Government violates the First Amendment when it treats speech differently based on the individual source and content of that speech.

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