Providing for Consideration of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 83, Insular Areas and Freely Associated States Energy Developmentby Representative Theodore E. Deutch
Posted on 2014-12-11
DEUTCH. Madam Speaker, I thank my friend, and I rise in
opposition to the rule and in opposition to the underlying legislation.
Last night in the Rules Committee, I offered an amendment to strike a measure from page 1,599 of this 1,603-page spending bill that would have this Congress march hand in hand with the Supreme Court's Citizens United and McCutchen to allow America's wealthiest donors to give $5 million every election cycle to candidates, political parties, and their committees. We had no debate about this. The people's House did not vote to undermine campaign finances, and that this 1,600-page bill already cuts Pell grants and undermines Wall Street reform proves that wealthy donors hold enough sway in Washington.
A vote for this bill is a vote for the continued dismantlement of a broken campaign finance system. It is a vote to continue shutting out the voices of everyday Americans in our political process. Our constituents want us to fight money in politics. They do not want us to be complicit in putting our democracy up for sale.
Madam Speaker, in Washington for the special interests, they view every day as Christmas. Let's give the American people a present this holiday season: respect for our democracy and a place for them in it.