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Hulshof Introduces Ethics Reform Bill

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HULSHOF INTRODUCES ETHICS REFORM BILL

U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof (R-MO), along with Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO), have introduced ethics reform legislation that would bolster ethics oversight and enforcement in the House and make Members of Congress more accountable to the public. The measure has drawn bipartisan support from across a broad base of the House's ideological spectrum.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - - U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof (R-MO), along with Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO), have introduced ethics reform legislation that would bolster ethics oversight and enforcement in the House and make Members of Congress more accountable to the public. The measure has drawn bipartisan support from across a broad base of the House's ideological spectrum.

"Recent scandals have caused people to lose faith in Congress as an institution," said Hulshof. "We must take action now and it must be real, meaningful reform if we are to restore confidence in Congress."

The Ethics Reform Act of 2006 would provide increased investigative ability to the House Ethics Committee and protect those conducting investigations from political or partisan pressure. The bill would also improve disclosure requirements for gifts and private travel.

Hulshof said strengthening the committee is key to ensuring a credible, bipartisan ethics process in the House. "Members of the House must be able to police ourselves," stated Hulshof. "To do that, the Ethics Committee must have the tools to properly investigate ethics matters and enforce House rules."

One important element to strengthening the Ethics Committee is ensuring that members and staff are unable to be removed for 'unfavorable decisions.' "In my experience, members of the Ethics Committee are most effective when they're able to operate independent of outside political pressures," Hulshof said. "That's why it is imperative that Members and staff be insulated from political retaliation for their work on the committee."

The bill also provides for continuing ethics training for Members of Congress and their staffs. This would keep Members informed about House rules. Likewise, the improved disclosure requirements in the bill will empower the public to make informed decisions about the activities of Members.

"The House Ethics Reform Act strikes the proper balance of enhanced disclosure and credible enforcement," said Hulshof. "I look forward to enacting these much-needed, commonsense measures."

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