Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted Republicans for their opposition to the DISCLOSE Act in a speech this afternoon on the Senate floor.
“The creation of a modern-day Nixonian enemies list is currently in full swing, and frankly, the American people should not stand for it,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “As I’ve said before, no individual or group in this country should have to face harassment or intimidation, or incur crippling expenses defending themselves against their own government, simply because that government doesn’t like the message they’re advocating. But that’s what we’re seeing.”
Outside business groups and the National Rifle Association have opposed the DISCLOSE measure, saying it could interfere with the free speech of their members while providing favorable treatment to labor unions, a charge that Democrats have repeatedly denied.
That opposition from GOP-leaning groups appears to ensure the futility of the attempt at repeated votes on the measure in this Congress.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.