WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today on S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment introduced by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) to reform our country's campaign finance laws:
"Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United have eroded the integrity of our political process and the public's faith in our leaders to do what's right for the American people. We've already seen the influence unlimited campaign contributions has on derailing important issues that matter to working families in New Mexico -- such as raising the federal minimum wage, ensuring equal pay for equal work, reducing student loan interest rates, and fixing our broken immigration system. I stand with Senator Tom Udall and commend him for championing legislation to reform our campaign finance laws and to amend the Constitution to make clear that Congress can set sensible limits on campaign contributions."
Senator Heinrich voted to advance the bill, which failed to clear a procedural hurdle by a vote of 54 to 42, six short of the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster.