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Posted: 7/12/2001 2:11:15 PM EDT
[url]dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010712/pl/politics_finance_dc_10.html[/url] Early End for House Campaign Finance Debate WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives cut short its campaign finance debate on a procedural vote on Thursday, throwing into doubt the future of a proposal to reduce the influence of money and special interests in politics. The House voted 228-203 to reject the procedural rules of the campaign finance debate set by Republican leaders. Advocates of a measure to ban unregulated ``soft money'' donations to national political parties said the rules were unfair and designed to kill the proposal. The rule required 14 separate votes on proposals to change the bill sponsored by Connecticut Republican Rep. Christopher Shays (news - bio - voting record) and Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Marty Meehan (news - bio - voting record). Both camps accused each other of deliberately sabotaging the bill procedurally because they did not have the support to win a direct vote. The decision, after hours of negotiations collapsed, leaves the issue with House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who is unlikely to want to try another rule or bill. Democrats could try to force the issue to the floor with a petition drive, but some Republicans said the measure was unlikely to be resurrected in this session of Congress, meaning it could linger as an issue for the 2002 congressional elections.
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