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Kerry Hails Signing of Historic Senate Ethics Reform

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Kerry Hails Signing of Historic Senate Ethics Reform

Senator John Kerry welcomed the signing into law of a broad package of Senate reform legislation - rules that alter everything from lobbyist conduct to employment rules for Senate spouses.

Kerry authored one of the key provisions, called The Congressional Pension Accountability Act, or "The Duke Cunningham Act." The provision cancels taxpayer-funded pension benefits to Members of Congress who are convicted of serious ethics offenses - crimes such as bribery or conspiracy. It was written to target former Congressman Duke Cunningham, whose convictions forced him to resign from Congress, but will still receive a pension from taxpayers.

"The American people voted for accountability last November, and this Congress has delivered," said Kerry. "This bill will help hold all Members of Congress to a higher ethical standard, and rightly punish those who see the honor of holding public office as an opportunity to abuse the public trust."

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