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Foster Campaign Launches Flashback Friday: Congresswoman Biggert Stands in the Way of Ethics Reform

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Location: Naperville, IL

After Congresswoman Biggert cast her third vote to pad her personal stock portfolio, the Foster campaign today launched Flashback Friday to highlight the many ways that Congresswoman Biggert has become part of the problem during her thirteen years in Washington.

Flashback: In 2008, in the midst of a crucial vote for the most sweeping ethics reform in a generation, Congresswoman Biggert voted to kill the legislation before it was even considered. Her "NO" vote was overruled, however, when newly-sworn-in Congressman Bill Foster cast the deciding vote to consider the legislation, which then passed. This ethics reform law is now a crucial tool in limiting the scandals and corruption which had plagued previous Congresses.

The reforms created the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) and for the first time a body outside of the membership would hold Congressional staff and members accountable. Under the previous system, alleged ethics violations were investigated only by a committee of sitting Congressmen investigating themselves -- a comfortable system that was supported by many long-term incumbents in both parties.

The establishment of the OCE passed Congress by only a slim margin -- with the crucial procedural vote to consider the legislation passing only by a single vote. While Bill used one of his first votes in Congress to support this common sense solution, Congresswoman Biggert voted against strengthening ethics standards.

"Congressional ethics and transparency have always been my top priority," said Bill Foster. "Within hours of being sworn in, I cast the deciding vote in favor of sweeping ethics reform. In times like these, we must be able to trust our leaders put the needs of middle class families ahead of their own. The Office of Congressional Ethics makes that transparency possible, and this remains one of my proudest achievements in Congress"

Since its creation the OCE has conducted investigations of members of Congress, including a recent investigation into an insider trading scandal involving House Financial Services Chairman Spencer Bacchus (R-AL), which is still pending.

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