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"Senate Committee Approves Bill to Speed Up Campaign Finance Disclosures"

CQPolitics.com reports: The Senate Rules Committee voted to expedite the Senate campaign finance disclosure process Wednesday after Republicans aired their growing frustrations with the limited opportunities for minority legislation.

The measure (S 223), approved by voice vote, would force members of the Senate to file with the Federal Election Commission electronically, which would shorten the process of making the filings available to the public by about a month.

Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein of California and other supporters of the legislation have argued that the bill’s only chance for enactment is to pass it as a stand-alone mueasure under unanimous consent. Identical bills failed to win Senate passage in the both the 108th and 109th Congresses.

When ranking Republican member Robert F. Bennett of Utah floated an amendment to eliminate the caps on party coordinated spending — a proposal that has some Democratic opposition — the bill’s large group of supporters accused him of trying to sink the measure. -- CQPolitics.com - From CQ Today: Senate Committee Approves Bill to Speed Up Campaign Finance Disclosures

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