The vote that had been scheduled for Friday on the DISCLOSE Act was abruptly cancelled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday night. This after a rebellion by Blue Dog Democrats and the Congressional Black Caucus, according to Politico.
Blue Dogs were apparently worried about their reelection prospects given the across the board opposition by business groups, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business. The Black Caucus was upset about the exemption granted to the NRA “and remained concerned about the bill’s potential impact on the NAACP and other progressive groups.” In other words, while they were unworried about the speech of their political opponents being curtailed, they got “concerned” when they realized it might also affect some of their supporters.
Good news all around for those of us who happen to think that the First Amendment is important.