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Ryan Opposes Unconstitutional DISCLOSE Act

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June 24, 2010 | Kevin Seifert ((202) 226-7326) | comments
WASHINGTON -- 1st District Congressman Paul Ryan offered the following statement regarding the DISCLOSE Act, which passed the House of Representatives earlier today by a vote of 219-206: 

“Congress should not be in the business of earmarking the First Amendment. The DISCLOSE Act unconstitutionally empowers Congress to pick winners and losers with respect to free speech, drawing clear lines between those groups and organizations that are able to easily participate in our elections and those that are not." 

Ryan said: “If we want to reduce the role of special interests groups in government, we should combat the overreach and influence of government rather than combat the Constitution itself. By limiting the government's influence over our lives, we can reduce the flow of money into politics. Regrettably, the Majority took the opposite approach and proceeded with a bill that serves the interests of their own party as opposed to the interests of the American people.” 
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