"Today was not the end of this fight for campaign finance reform but the beginning. The Republican leadership and a minority of the Senate used procedural maneuvers to block the obvious will of a majority of United States Senators to support bipartisan campaign finance reform legislation. I will fight for this measure as hard as necessary, for as long as necessary. And I call on all Senators to realize that the bipartisan McCain-Feingold measure is our best chance to move forward with reform."President Bill Clinton today reaffirmed his commitment to fight for passage of the bi-partisan McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill despite attempts to block the measure.
Speaking before reform supporters earlier in the day, President Clinton called this our best chance in a generation to fulfill our obligation to renew and strengthen our democracy for a new century.
Republican Leadership's Legislative Maneuvers and "Poison Pill" Block Reform
But They Can't Deny That Critical Mass Has Been Reached For Reform
President Clinton Will Continue To Fight For Real, Bi-Partisan Reform
- crack down on so-called "independent expenditure campaigns"
- expand campaign finance disclosure requirements
- strengthen penalties for election law violations