Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on amending the US Constitution to limit political speech.
The amendment, introduced by Colorado Senator Tom Udall, would become the Twenty-Eighth Amendment to the Constitution if ratified. The Amendment states that “Congress shall have power to regulate the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents with respect to Federal and State elections.”
One provision within the Amendment states “nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress the power to abridge the freedom of the press.”
In other words, media outlets can still say whatever they want, groups like the National Rifle Association can’t.
Of course, the Amendment is unlikely to be approved by the Senate, where a 67 vote majority is required, and certainly wouldn’t get the light of day in the Republican-controlled House.
Reid believes the push will help the Democrats appeal to voters as the midterm elections approach.
On Thursday, Reid said “let me pose a question to everyone. If this unprecedented spending is free speech, where does that leave our middle-class constituents? The poor? It leaves them out in the cold. How could everyday working families afford to make their voices heard if money equals free speech?”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell argues “today’s proposal by the Senate Majority Leader represents an all-out assault on the right to free speech, a right which undergirds all others in our democracy. It’s also a clear sign of just how desperate elected Washington Democrats have become in their quest to hold onto power.”
McConnell added “Washington Democrats have shown again and again how determined they are to shut down the voices of anyone who disagrees with them, whether it’s targeting groups through the IRS or looking over the shoulders of reporters at local newspapers and on news radio. But this latest proposal goes beyond everything they’ve attempted previously.”