[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1997, Book II)]
[October 4, 1997]
[Page 1289]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

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Remarks on Campaign Finance Reform Legislation
October 4, 1997

    For 5 years now we have watched the bipartisan effort to reform our 
campaign finance laws die at the hands of a filibuster in the United 
States Senate. I hope this year will be different. Republican Senator 
John McCain and Democratic Senator Russ Feingold have a strong bill that 
would curb the power of special interests and increase the confidence of 
the American people in our campaign finance system.
    But this Tuesday, their opponents will try once again to kill this 
bipartisan bill, which has the support of every Democratic Senator and a 
number of Republicans. They'll try it by using a ``poison pill'' 
amendment that will guarantee that reform dies one more time.
    Make no mistake, a vote for this killer amendment is a vote to block 
meaningful reform.

Note: These remarks were recorded at 11:10 a.m. on October 4 in the Oval 
Office at the White House for later broadcast.