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House Moves Bill To End Public Financing Of Pres. Campaigns

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill today introduced by U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) to stop taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and shut down an obsolete federal election agency.

H.R. 3463 combines a proposal crafted by Rep. Tom Cole (R–Okla.) to terminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund (PECF) and a plan authored by Harper, who chairs the Elections Subcommittee, to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC). Dissolving these federal programs saves taxpayers $480 million over five years and immediately decreases the federal deficit by $199 million, according to nonpartisan congressional scorekeepers.

“Since 1976, taxpayers have spent 1.5 billion dollars subsidizing a campaign finance program that hasn’t worked. Since 2005, we’ve spent tens of millions funding an agency that, despite its dwindling responsibilities, has more than doubled in size,” Harper said. &l. quo;And today, in a bipartisan show of common sense, the House voted to end both.”

 

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Source: harper.house.gov


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