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S.J.RES.19: A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about government operations and politics
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Sponsor Tom Udall, D-N.M.
Total Cosponsors 48 (46 Democrats, 2 Independents)
Introduced June 18, 2013
Latest Major Action Sept. 11, 2014
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7th Sept. 28, 2014
2nd Sept. 21, 2014
1st Sept. 14, 2014
1st Sept. 7, 2014
3rd Aug. 31, 2014
8th Aug. 24, 2014
4th July 27, 2014
6th July 20, 2014

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Bill Summary

Constitutional Amendment - Authorizes Congress and the states to regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.

Grants Congress and the states the power to implement and enforce this amendment by appropriate legislation, and to distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections.

Declares that nothing in this amendment shall be construed to grant Congress or the states the power to abridge the freedom of the press.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Sept. 11, 2014

Cloture on the joint resolution not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 54 - 42. Record Vote Number: 261. (consideration: CR S5543-5544; text: CR S5543-5544)

Sept. 10, 2014 Cloture motion on the joint resolution presented in Senate. (consideration: CR S5487; text: CR S5487)
Sept. 10, 2014 Motion by Senator Reid to recommit to Senate Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report back forthwith with amendment SA 3795 made in Senate. (consideration: CR S5487)
Sept. 10, 2014 Measure laid before Senate by motion. (consideration: CR S5487; text of measure as reported in Senate: CR S5487)
Sept. 10, 2014 Motion to proceed to consideration of measure agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote. (consideration: CR S5487)
Sept. 10, 2014 Motion to proceed to measure considered in Senate. (consideration: CR S5468-5470, S5471-5472, S5472-5474, S5497, S5501-5502)
Sept. 9, 2014 Motion to proceed to measure considered in Senate. (consideration: CR S5391, S5398-5402, S5407-5409, S5419-5424)
Sept. 8, 2014

Cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 79 - 18. Record Vote Number: 259. (consideration: CR S5366)

Sept. 8, 2014 Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate. (consideration: CR S5349-5351, S5366-5367)
Aug. 1, 2014 Cloture motion on the motion to proceed presented in Senate. (consideration: CR S5322-5323; text: CR S5322-5323)
Aug. 1, 2014 Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate. (consideration: CR S5317-5318, S5322-5323)
July 31, 2014 Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate. (consideration: CR S5197)
July 30, 2014 By Senator Leahy from Committee on the Judiciary filed written report. Report No. 113-223. Minority views filed.
July 23, 2014 Committee on Rules and Administration. Hearings held.
July 17, 2014 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 471.
July 17, 2014 Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Leahy with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
July 10, 2014 Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
June 18, 2014 Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. Approved for full committee consideration with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
June 3, 2014 Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held.
June 18, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.