ETHICS AND THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES -- (House of Representatives - December 07, 2006)
Mr. HEFLEY. Mr. Speaker, as the 109th Congress ends, and I prepare to leave the House after 20 years, I want to speak with my colleagues one last time about ethics, and I have here 32 pages of analyses and recommendations, which I will not bore you with, nor do we have the time.
But I have had the if not unique experience, at least the unusual experience of being on the committee and being chairman of the committee for 8 years, and I have seen the best and the worst of this House of Representatives. I can tell you that my analysis is that this is an honorable House, and it is an ethical House. Most House Members desire to serve honorably and ethically. A few do not.
The integrity of this House is important to our Nation, and our integrity is not as it should be. As Members of Congress, we will never be perfect, but we can strive to be better.
As Members of the House, we must do better.