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House OKs election overhaul package pushed by Maryland Rep. Sarbanes, but Senate to slam door

House OKs election overhaul package pushed by Maryland Rep. Sarbanes, but Senate to slam door

The Democratic-controlled House on Friday approved legislation aimed at reducing the role of big money in politics, ensuring fair elections and strengthening ethics standards. But it stands little chance in the Republican-run Senate, where the GOP leader has pledged it will not come up for a vote, and the White House issued a veto threat.

The House measure, pushed by Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes, would make it easier to register and vote, and would tighten election security and require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns.

Election Day would become a holiday for federal workers, and a public financing system for congressional campaigns would be set up. The...

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