Senate strips public funding from party conventions
The Senate on Thursday approved an amendment to the farm bill that would prevent taxpayer dollars from being used for party conventions.
The amendment was introduced earlier this month by Sens. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Tom Coburn (R-OK). They said the conventions had become party-like celebrations that shouldn’t be subsidized by taxpayers.
“I am pleased that the Senate so quickly approved this common-sense, bipartisan proposal,” Udall said. “Political party nominating conventions have become elaborate celebrations for political elites. The Senate’s vote today underlines that taxpayers should not be responsible for footing the bill for these partisan events.”
The Senate approved the amendment by a 95-4 vote.