Tough fight ahead for Torricelli


Although Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) wants to attach his amendment on
discounted political ads to a moving measure on election reform, the measure is
unlikely to ever make it through the House, Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.) said

'You saw the numbers,' he said. 'We voted three-to-one against it.'

Torricelli's best shot was probably campaign-finance reform because the
Senate will likely accept the House-passed bill without requiring a conference
session between the House and Senate, where drastic changes can be made.

Election reform, which is an entirely different bill, will have to face a
conference committee because the House's version is so different from the one
the Senate is expected to pass this week.

Plus, discounted political ads aren't really relevant to the overall bill,
Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) said.

'I assume the House would pitch it,' Lott told broadcasters at the National
Association of Broadcasters' State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.,

Lott opposes the version of campaign-finance reform the House passed and also
opposes the Torricelli amendment. 'I will fight it and vote against it if it
comes up on election reform,' Lott said.