Pelosi: By Obstructing Vote on DISCLOSE Act, Senate Republicans Put Special Interests Ahead of American People

Jul 27, 2010, 17:25 ET from Office of the Speaker of the House

WASHINGTON, July 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after Senate Republicans blocked passage of the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act

"Today, by obstructing progress on the DISCLOSE Act, Senate Republicans protected the special interests and voted to support takeovers of our elections by big corporations, even those that are foreign-controlled. Senate Republicans blocked a bill that reaffirms a fundamental American value: the right to vote is afforded to the people, not the special interests.

"The DISCLOSE Act passed the House last month with bipartisan support, and deserves the same in the Senate. As millions of Americans struggle in this economy, the rich and powerful should not be able to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens; the power should be put back into the hands of the voters. But today, once again, Senate Republicans put the special interests ahead of the interests of all Americans."

SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House