Durbin: Judiciary Subcommittee to Vote on Constiutional Amendment Tomorrow

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – An amendment giving Congress and states express authority to regulate and limit the raising and spending of money for political campaigns will be voted on tomorrow, Wednesday, June 18, by members of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, chaired by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL).  The amendment is a response to the tidal wave of secret spending from corporations and Super PACs unleashed by recent decisions of the Supreme Court’s conservative majority that reversed a century of precedent and gutted campaign finance laws.


The subcommittee markup follows a recent hearing on the legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and cosponsored by Durbin and the following members of the Senate Judiciary Committee: U.S. Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), Richard Blumethal (D-CT) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI). 


The Constitution Subcommittee has jurisdiction over all amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  A markup in the Constitution Subcommittee is the first step in the regular order for Senate consideration of a Constitutional amendment.  If the Subcommittee approves the amendment, then the full Judiciary Committee will debate and vote on the amendment, followed by consideration on the Senate floor.  This is the first time that the Constitution Subcommittee has considered a Constitutional amendment since 2009.


Who:               U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Assistant Senate Majority Leader


What:             Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights

                        Executive Business Meeting: S.J. Res. 19


When:             Wednesday, June 18, 2014

                         2:30 PM ET


Where:           Room 226

                        Dirksen Senate Office Building

                        Washington, D.C.