Barrow Votes for Ethics & Lobbying Reform Package; Believes Tougher Measures are Still Needed
After casting his vote in favor of the "Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act," 12th District Georgia Congressman John Barrow (D-Savannah) today released the following statement outlining his support for the bill, and stressing the need for ever tougher requirements that he believes are still necessary:
"After months of nothing but talk, the House of Representatives has finally taken its first step toward cleaning up the mess in Washington. But this bill is only a very small step in the right direction - not the comprehensive ethics reform we need to pass if Congress ever hopes to regain the people's trust.
"If the folks in charge of Congress are serious about rooting out corruption, we're going to need to pass a bill that's a whole lot tougher than this. We need a high-powered pressure washer. But today, all we got was a dusty old broom.
"No one should be overly optimistic about what this bill will do. This should be our starting point for the next round of reforms, not an endgame. Even a trip of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and in this case even a small step closer to good government is better than the status quo."