Obama urges Republicans to pass campaign finance bill

09:54, July 27, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday urged Senate Republicans to allow a vote on campaign finance bill, saying the country cannot afford political games on the issue.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the DISCLOSE Act on Tuesday, a piece of legislation designed to impose new donor and contribution disclosure requirements on nearly all organizations that air political ads independently of candidates or the political parties. It would require the ad's sponsor to be accounted for and take responsibility.

Warning "the dangers of limitless corporate spending" in U.S. political system, Obama bemoaned the Senate Republican leadership for the practice of "using every tactic and every maneuver they can to prevent the DISCLOSE Act from even coming up for an up or down vote."

Obama said the country "can't afford these political games," as millions of Americans are struggling to get by, and "their voices shouldn't be drowned out by millions of dollars in secret, special interest advertising."

Saying the legislation should not be a Democratic issue or a Republican issue, Obama urged the Senate to pass the DISCLOSE Act. The House of Representatives has already passed its version of the bill.

Source: Xinhua

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