Senators Ask White House to Abandon Executive Order Limiting Political Speech

A group of senators is urging President Obama to reconsider a draft executive order to require would-be government contractors to disclose political contributions.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), ranking member on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) yesterday sent a letter signed by 25 of their Republican colleagues to the president to ask him to keep politics out of federal contracting.

“We urge you not to issue the draft EO,” the letter states. “To ensure that taxpayers receive the best value for federal contracts, government procurements must be conducted in a manner that ensures a fair process. Your proposed EO does not appear to advance that goal.”

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