The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will eventually vote on campaign finance legislation despite the roadblock last week that stalled the bill indefinitely, supporters predicted Sunday.
We will have a vote, and I am confident of it, said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
McCain was the co-sponsor of a similar bill that passed the Senate in April, and has worked closely with House proponents of campaign finance overhaul.
The measure would ban soft money, the unregulated millions pouring into political parties from corporations, unions and individuals, and restrict certain political ads in the final days of an election.
On Thursday, Rep. Christopher Shays, a sponsor of the House bill, and 18 other Republicans joined Democrats in defeating rules for debate that they felt stacked the deck against their legislation.
After the stalemate, opponents of the bill chided reformers for killing their own reform. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., made no promises about bringing the bill up again.
Weve got to cool this thing down, try to sit down together, McCain said on NBCs Meet the Press.
If there is no deal to assure a vote, supporters of campaign finance reform are exploring several ways of reviving the proposal.
Were going to make sure we have a vote, Shays, R-Conn., said on CNNs Late Edition.
One option in the House is a discharge petition, where the signatures of half the House members force floor action on a bill. But Shays said, First, I want to do it just by the hope and prayer and good dialogue that well have with leadership to do the right thing.
Another option would have the Senate try to attach the legislation to a House-passed bill, which would send it back to the House for action. McCain said he has spoken with Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and hes agreeable to attaching … campaign finance reform to bills that have to be passed by the House over there.
That did not sit well with the Senates top Republican, Mississippis Trent Lott.
Their attitude is, you do it our way or else were going to ram it through, Lott said on Fox News Sunday. If they try to do that, all theyre going to do is to tie up the Senate in very difficult ways.
Lott said Americans are more concerned about energy, prescription drugs and crime. Thats what people want us to work on, he said. Its time that we move on.
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