Obama Statement on Final Passage of Lobbying Reform Legislation
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Barack (D-IL) today issued the following statement about the Senate's passage of lobbying reform legislation:
"Ironically, after learning today that Jack Abramoff will spend nearly six years in prison, the Senate passed a lobbying reform bill that does little to change the culture that allowed him to abuse the system in the first place. The Senate has missed a once-in-a-decade opportunity to clean up the way we do business in Washington. This bill fails to create an independent enforcement mechanism to investigate misconduct by members of Congress. It fails to stop lobbyists from currying influence by flying lawmakers on private jets. And it does nothing to prevent members of Congress from negotiating for jobs with the very industries they're supposed to regulate."