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Rep. Andrews Votes to Restore Necessary Bipartisan Ethical Rules

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REP. ANDREWS VOTES TO RESTORE NECESSARY BIPARTISAN ETHICAL RULES: 109TH CONGRESS SHOULD BE GOVERNED BY HIGHEST ETHICAL STANDARDS

On April 27, 2005, I voted to restore the bipartisan ethical rules in the House of Representatives to ensure that the ethics committee conducts fair and just investigations and because I believe that the 109th Congress should be governed by the highest ethical standards.

As you know, previously this year, the Ethics Committee adopted new changes which I believe severely weakened the integrity of the ethics committee. As a result of these negative changes, one of the most stringent aspects of the structure of the non-partisan professional staff was abolished. Regrettably, these new rules allowed the Chief of staff to appoint his or her staff director without the approval of a vote from the committee. Just as disheartening, the new changes also eliminated the rule which forced congressional leaders to step aside if indicted of a felony.

I am pleased that the Majority was able to see the negative effects of these rules and acted to preserve the bi-partisan ethics committee. Since the restoration vote, the bipartisan ethics committee will continue to be comprised of five Republicans and five Democrats to ensure that an effective ethics process prevails.

http://www.house.gov/apps/list/hearing/nj01_andrews/5_18_05.html

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