[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book II)]
[August 6, 1998]
[Page 1409]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Statement on House Action on Campaign Finance Reform Legislation
August 6, 1998

    The vote for final passage of the Shays-Meehan bipartisan campaign 
finance reform bill is a heartening sign for the health of our 
democracy. The House vote to ban soft money and improve disclosure, in 
defiance of the Republican leadership, is a rebuke to the cynical view 
that political reform can never happen. Now, only a minority of the 
United States Senate stands in the way of campaign finance reform 
becoming the law of the land. I call upon those few Senators who now 
block reform to heed the actions of the House and the will of the people 
and pass bipartisan campaign finance reform. I again congratulate 
Representatives Christopher Shays, Marty Meehan, and all their 
colleagues who set aside partisanship to make real progress today.