Obama pushes GOP on leg­is­la­tion

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

WASHINGTON — On the eve of a cru­cial Se­nate vote, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama pushed Repub­li­cans to cross party lines and sup­port cam­paign fi­nance leg­is­la­tion, in yet an­other White House foray into con­gres­sional pol­i­tics as the pres­i­dent uses his pul­pit to pro­mote the Democrats’ elec­tion-year agenda. The cam­paign fi­nance leg­is­la­tion was drafted in re­sponse to a Supreme Court rul­ing in Jan­uary that loos­ened the cen­tury-old re­stric­tion on cor­po­rate po­lit­i­cal ad­ver­tis­ing, free­ing busi­ness to spend huge sums on the midterm con­gres­sional races. Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, R-Ky., is ex­pected to lead a fil­i­buster to­day.

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