Campaign reform passing?

Campaign reform passing?

By Joe Baker

By Joe Baker

Senior Editor

Proponents of campaign finance reform believe the prospect for passage of the McCain-Feingold bill in the Senate are excellent.

“I think it looks very good that it finally will be passed,” said Cindy Canary, director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. “From all accounts, when it gets through the Senate, President Bush will sign it.”

The president has given no clear indication of how he intends to treat the bill if and when it reaches his desk. “The administration has not really said a whole lot about this, but it seems to sense the time has finally come for this,” Canary said.

One of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., commented: “It’s time to get the job done, it’s time to get this bill to the president. I believe the Senate is ready to repair a broken system.”

A final vote on the legislation is expected Thursday, the 21st.

Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, has threatened to filibuster against the measure, but McCain and Feingold believe they have the votes to override any such move.

Canary said she believes a majority of the public is in favor of reform. “I think people are incredibly fed up and disgusted (with the present system). It makes them feel disenfranchised. Unfortunately, going along with that, there exists a sense that we can’t do much about it,” Canary said.

The Senate passed the same bill a year ago. It then went to the House, where it was amended and passed on Feb. 14. Now it must be acted on by the Senate once again before it can be sent to the president.

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