Kevin Brady

GOP yields on campaign finance vote House leaders' shift forced by possibility of members' petition; 'It was public pressure'; Reform measure still faces likely defeat in Senate

WASHINGTON -- A rising tide of public frustration at the torrent of money flowing into politics forced House Republican leaders yesterday to consent to a vote on broad campaign finance reform legislation next month.

The decision marked a sharp retreat for Republican leaders, who only weeks ago had all but buried campaign finance legislation. The effort still has a steep hill to climb: Even if it passes the House, it faces almost certain death in the Senate, where Republicans have filibustered to block the measure.

But proponents of reform reveled in a victory that surprised even them and that some members said was driven by irritation they heard expressed in their districts...