HOUSE ETHICS -- (House of Representatives - April 21, 2005)
(Mr. PALLONE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
Mr. PALLONE. Madam Speaker, since the beginning of the year, the House Republican leadership has worked to undermine the ethics process here in the House. First, the leadership floated an ethics proposal that would have allowed members of its leadership to continue to serve in leadership if they were indicted. Now under the weakened rules, the new chairman of the committee says he will conduct an investigation of one of the Republican leaders.
The American people should not be fooled. The leadership rushed through a new rule that ends ethics complaints after 45 days. And then the Republican leadership purged the committee of three members who were not always willing to toe the party line. And then they replaced them with party loyalists.
The Republican majority has weakened the ethics rules to the point that they are meaningless. The Republican leaders have gone to extreme lengths to protect one of their own. And now they are trying to deceive the American people into believing that a real investigation would actually take place.
That is a farce.