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.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.