Biden to comment Tuesday on election transparency bill

Biden to comment Tuesday on election transparency bill

US President Joe Biden walks out of the polls after voting in the Delaware primary, Wilmington, Delaware, USA September 13, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden will comment Tuesday on a bill that would require superteams and certain other groups to disclose information about donors who contributed $10,000 or more during the election cycle.

The bill is slated for a vote in the Senate this week, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Monday as Democrats seek to increase election transparency ahead of November’s midterm elections after failing to pass a more ambitious voting rights bill earlier this year.

“There is no excuse in heaven for hiding such huge donations from the public,” Schumer said.

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The measure, known as the DISCLOSE Act, was originally included in the Democratic voting rights bill, which was intended to counter voting restrictions in Republican-led states. This package was passed by the House of Representatives in January, but did not pass in the Senate due to tough Republican opposition.

Supporters of the government measures said they were needed to counter the fraud that former Republican President Donald Trump falsely claimed led to his defeat in the 2020 election.

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

“State by state, Republican state legislatures are undertaking unprecedented efforts to suppress the sacred right to vote and undermine the American foundation of free and fair elections,” Biden said as Senate Republicans voted to block broader voting rights efforts in January.

Republicans, in turn, accuse Democrats of attempting a federal takeover of election laws.

DISCLOSE ACT, if approved, would also require groups spending money on judicial candidates to disclose their donors.

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

This proposal is in response to the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 by Trump supporters who tried to prevent the confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory, and to pressure from Trump himself on Vice President Mike Pence to cancel Joe Biden’s election victory. by depriving the certificate of some lists of voters.

Biden will deliver a speech at 13:45 (17:45 GMT) in the Roosevelt Room of the White House and then travel to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly this week.

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Reporting by Alexandra Alper; Editing by Caitlin Webber and Edmund Clamann

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