McCain's House Of Pain

Will his campaign-finance bill survive the gauntlet?

When John McCain got the Senate to pass his campaign-finance reform bill last April, he seemed to have cleared the last high hurdle to getting it to George W. Bush's desk. The Senate had rejected the measure three times in four years. The House was friendlier, having passed its version of campaign reform in '98 and '99 by comfortable margins--the last time with 54 Republicans aboard. All McCain's allies in the House have to do now is pass a measure similar to the Senate's. That way Senators can simply vote to accept the version the House approves without the two chambers...

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