Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted Republicans for their opposition to the DISCLOSE Act in a speech this afternoon on the Senate floor.
ďThe creation of a modern-day Nixonian enemies list is currently in full swing, and frankly, the American people should not stand for it,Ē McConnell said on the Senate floor. ďAs Iíve 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 doesnít like the message theyíre advocating. But thatís what weíre seeing.Ē
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.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.