U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement on the Senate’s cloture vote on the Udall Amendment, S.J. Res. 19:
“Few measures deserve to be more roundly rejected than Senator Udall’s amendment to repeal free speech rights enshrined in the Constitution and give politicians more control over Americans participation in the nation’s policy and political debates.
“The Senate is playing with fire when its majority leader routinely takes to the Senate floor to demonize and condemn Americans exercising their right to free speech and when it entertains amendments that would abridge our fundamental rights to speak, associate freely to advance common beliefs and positions, and petition the government. And all to advance a partisan political agenda.
“It’s deeply disturbing that with all the major challenges facing America today, Senate Democrats would insist on debating this outrageous and dangerous amendment. Efforts to curb free speech rights have no place in America, much less on the floor of the United States Senate. The Udall Amendment should never see the light of day again.”
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