McConnell’s amendment, which was defeated on a 9-9 party-line vote, would keep the Federal Election Commission (FEC) at six members rather than five, which the Democrats bill would do if enacted.
The bill, S. 1 in the Senate and H.R. 1 in the House, would change the composition of the FEC from six members with three from each party to five members with two from each party and a fifth not associated with either party but chosen by the president.
McConnell, R-Ky., making a rare appearance at a committee markup, said that Democrats’ proposed change to the FEC would make it partisan and go against the goals of the Democrat-controlled Congress that created it.
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