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Biden to speak about election transparency bill today

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On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden will make a statement about a plan to force large PACs and certain other groups to reveal donors who gave $10,000 or more during an election cycle.

High-ranking Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said on Monday that the measure would be up for a vote this week.

Democrats are seeking to boost election transparency before the November midterm elections after failing to pass more stringent voting rights legislation earlier this year.

Schumer said there is “no excuse in heaven” for keeping such significant donations a secret from the general people.

The legislation, often referred to as the DISCLOSE Act was first included in a voting rights package by Democrats that aimed to fight voting limitations in states with Republican governors.

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Although the package passed the House in January, it was killed in the Senate by vehement Republican opposition.

The state laws’ proponents said they were necessary to combat fraud, which Republican former President Donald Trump erroneously claimed was to blame for his loss in the 2020 election.

Democrats have accused Republicans of passing laws that make it easier for racial minorities to cast fraudulent votes for Democratic candidates.

When Senate Republicans voted to obstruct the more extensive voting rights campaign in January, Biden said, “Republican state legislatures are engaged in an unprecedented attempt to undermine the fundamental right to vote and destroy the American cornerstone of free and fair elections.”

Republicans, on the other hand, charge Democrats of attempting a federal takeover of election laws.

If approved, the DISCLOSE ACT would also mandate that organizations that spend money on judicial candidates reveal who their contributors are.

The House of Representatives is now debating a proposal by Democrats Zoe Lofgren and Republicans Liz Cheney that would clarify a 135-year-old law to show that the vice president’s role in certifying elections is purely symbolic.

The proposal is a response to the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, by Trump supporters trying to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s victory.

Trump himself had also urged Vice President Mike Pence to revoke Joe Biden’s election victory by decertifying certain slates of electors.

Before departing for New York to attend the UN General Assembly this week, Biden will deliver the comments at 1:45 p.m. (1745 GMT) in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

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