Biden to make comments on election transparency law on Tuesday


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden will comment Tuesday on a bill that would require super PACs and certain other groups to disclose donors who have contributed $10,000 or more during an election cycle.

The bill is scheduled for a Senate vote this week, Senate top Democrat Chuck Schumer said Monday.

“There is no justification under heaven for hiding such huge contributions from the public,” Schumer said.

The measure, known as the DISCLOSE Act, was initially included in the Democrats’ voting rights law that sought to counter voting restrictions in Republican-led states. That package passed the House in January but died in the Senate due to stiff Republican opposition.

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Proponents of the state measures said they were needed to curb fraud, which former Republican President Donald Trump has falsely claimed led to his 2020 election defeat.

Democrats have accused state-level Republicans of enacting policies to make it harder for racial minorities who tend to support Democratic candidates to vote.

“State after state, Republican state lawmakers are engaged in an unprecedented effort to suppress the sacred right to vote and undermine the American foundation of free and fair elections,” Biden said when Senate Republicans voted in January to overturn the broader agenda. to block voting rights efforts.

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Republicans, in turn, accuse Democrats of attempting to take over federal election laws.

The DISCLOSE ACT, if approved, would also require groups to spend money on court nominees to disclose their donors.

The House of Representatives is separately considering a proposal by Republican Liz Cheney and Democrat Zoe Lofgren to clarify a 135-year-old law to show that the vice president’s role in certifying elections is purely symbolic.

The proposal comes in response to the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters, who attempted to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s victory, and to Trump’s own pressure on Vice President Mike Pence to win the election. by Joe Biden. by decertifying certain electoral rolls.

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Biden will make the remarks at 1:45 p.m. (1745 GMT) in the Roosevelt Room of the White House before heading to New York to attend this week’s United Nations General Assembly.

(Reporting by Alexandra Alper; editing by Caitlin Webber and Edmund Klamann)


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