Monday, September 08, 2014

Senate will vote on repealing Citizens United today

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has set up a procedural vote for September on a constitutional amendment to limit money in politics.

...Reid filed cloture on the motion to proceed to S.J. Res. 19, which is designed to overturn two recent Supreme Court decisions that allowed corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals to spend more money on federal elections.

The procedural vote on the constitutional amendment is set for 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 8.

Here's Bernie Sanders.

One day before the U.S. Senate votes on a constitutional amendment to restore limits on big money in politics, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called the drive to undo Supreme Court decisions that gutted campaign finance laws “the major issue of our time” and said Monday’s showdown vote is “a pivotal moment in American history.”

“Billionaires buying elections is not what our Constitution stands for,” said Sanders. He is a cosponsor of the amendment to reverse Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and later court rulings that let millionaires and billionaires spend virtually unlimited and unregulated sums to sway elections. 

“The major issue of our time is whether the United States of America retains its democratic foundation or whether we devolve into an oligarchic form of society where a handful of billionaires are able to control our political process by spending hundreds of millions of dollars to elect candidates who represent their interests,” Sanders said.

Vermont and 15 other states along with voters and city councils in more than 500 cities and towns already have passed measures supporting a constitutional amendment. A survey last spring conducted by the Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner polling firm found that the Citizens United ruling was opposed by 80 percent of those surveyed. Despite such overwhelming and growing public support, Sanders warned that Republican obstruction tactics could block the Senate from even taking a vote on the proposed amendment to overturn the Supreme Court ruling.

Emphasis above is mine.  That eighty percent unquestionably includes many Republicans, and it puts conservatives like Greg in the thin minority usually reserved for the number of adults in the United States who can read at the level of a fifth-grader.

No correlation between those two groups, I'm sure.

Call your Senators and tell them how you feel.  Watch as the Senate Republicans block the bill (and understand precisely why they do so).  And then observe as the sewage flows -- straight from the Koch Machine -- right out of your teevee for the next couple of months.

It's no exaggeration to say that we cannot begin to fix the other ills in our body politic until we fix this one.  So if you like Republican governance and think we need more of it... you know what to do (sit around and do nothing, like always).  And if you don't, you also know what to do: the exact opposite of what the GOP does.  Except for voting.  Everyone who doesn't like Republican rule and doesn't think it has earned continuance needs to do exactly what they do, just a little bit more and better than them.

I think that can happen, but I'll feel better about it happening once I see some more trend lines.

Update: Senate invokes cloture, 79-18.

The vote was an election year ruse. Senate Republicans have no intention of letting this bill pass. Republicans have no intention of ever letting a constitutional amendment be ratified. What this vote today proves is the power of the issue.

Senate Republicans don’t want to be publicly linked to the Koch brothers before an election. The Kochs are toxic, and Republicans are trying to trick voters into ignoring the right-wing billionaire dollars that are trying to buy the government.

Ted Cruz voted no, John Cornyn voted yes.  And more from TPM.


Gadfly said...

When did Greg's reading comprehension get that high? :)

PDiddie said...


Your comment will not be posted until you cite every single one of the necessary sources.

Gadfly said...

Per Perry's comment, maybe Greg's reading comprehension advancement news is a little premature?