Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is working hard to make sure that none of his fellow Republicans support a campaign finance ethics reform bill that House Democrats plan to pass on Friday.
The majority leader made it clear that the proposal would not reach the Senate floor if it passes to their house of Congress.
McConnell sent a warning Republicans about what a finance law such as this one would bring with it:
“This is an issue that I’ve dealt with for decades,” McConnell said at a press conference with Senate and House GOP colleagues on Wednesday, according to The Hill.
“This is a terrible proposal, it will not get any floor time in the Senate.
“For myself, I don’t see anything in here salvageable,” he added.
“This is a solution in search of a problem. What it really is a bill designed to make it more likely Democrats win more often.”
However, Senate Democrats believe that they can bring some GOP members of the Senate around to the bill.
“There are pieces of it that many senators and House members have been working on for a long time, whether it’s making voting easier, whether it’s taking the dark money and big money out of politics, or whether it’s government ethics, there are a number of senators who have almost identical parts of their bills in this bill,” Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) said of the House legislation.
Udall has plans to bring the companion Senate bill forward next week, and he believes that it will be “very difficult” for McConnell to keep Republicans unified against it, “based on the history of how Republicans have responded individually to a lot of these issues,” The Hill reported.
However, McConnell has encouraged his Republican colleagues by telling them that this legislation could help them win elections in 2020, by using it against the Democrats who voted for it.
“I believe we can actually win elections against people who vote for this turkey,” McConnell said Wednesday.