As Expected, Senate GOP Blocks Campaign Bill

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Republicans were unpersuaded.

"This bill is a partisan effort, pure and simple, drafted behind closed doors by current and former Democrat campaign committee leaders," said Sen. Mitch McConnell, the GOP Senate leader. "And it's aimed at one thing and one thing only: this bill is about protecting incumbent Democrats from criticism ahead of November." [See which industries donate the most money to McConnell.]

Schumer was chairman of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, which is responsible for maximizing the party's chances in Senate races, before stepping aside after the 2008 elections.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the sponsor of the House-passed measure, is chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The votes broke down strictly along party lines, although Sen. Harry Reid switched to the opposition at the end of the roll call so he could seek a second test vote in the future. Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and John Ensign, R-Nev., were absent.

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