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.