"Today is a cause for celebration. Finally, after so many years of struggle, we will be able to have a fair vote in the House on meaningful campaign finance reform. I applaud Marty Meehan and Chris Shays, as well as Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, for their tireless efforts. Without them, this never would have been possible.
"The collapse of Enron, which has been so catastrophic to so many people who have lost their hard-earned pensions, has demonstrated clearly to the American people the real need for campaign finance reform.
"As the new House Democratic Whip, I am pleased that 94 percent of the Democratic Caucus signed the discharge petition to bring the Shays-Meehan bill to the House floor. I will convene a Whip task force next week to fight any poison pill amendments designed to break apart the bipartisan coalition we have built.
"A vote on the Shays-Meehan bill will give us the opportunity to truly limit money in politics, reduce the influence of special interests, and empower grassroots get-out-the-vote efforts that are the engines of our democracy. We have an opportunity to clean up our act. And indeed we have a responsibility to do so."
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