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Thread: House considers independent ethics panel

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    House considers independent ethics panel

    WASHINGTON - House leaders are creating a bipartisan task force on whether to establish an independent ethics panel to police the House, Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

    Pelosi, D-Calif., said Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio has agreed to the idea. The task force has not been set up yet, but it will be expected to report back in March, she said.
    Pelosi offered no details on what the outside ethics group might look like, saying that would be up to the task force.
    "There is no question that the ethics process in the last couple of years has lost the confidence of the American people," Pelosi told a news conference. "I'm hopeful that it's possible that we can have an outside entity that will restore that confidence."
    Good idea imo

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061214/...ongress_ethics


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    great idea from the Dems.

    wonder why the GOP for the past 12 years never did this....
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    I'm telling you, the more I hear about what she is planning on doing, the more I like Nancy Pelosi




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    a step in the right direction. kudos to the Dems and Pelosi. i hope something comes of this.
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    She is creating a task force to study the idea of the creation of an independent ethics panel.


    Deathstar, read the link to see what some other prominent Dems think about indpendent ethics panels:

    "In March, the Senate voted 67-30 to reject creation of an Office of Public Integrity to oversee ethics violations by lawmakers.

    Among the no votes were incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who will head the Senate Rules Committee, which has jurisdiction over ethics and lobbying.

    Feinstein is concerned that an outside panel could be abused by people aiming to publicize grudges, spokesman Howard Gantman said. She will not include the proposal in ethics legislation she is introducing next month but is considering holding a hearing on such ideas.

    Members of the Senate ethics committee have objected to an outside panel, saying they could investigate wrongdoing themselves. Some lawmakers also believe the Constitution gives members of Congress the responsibility to police themselves, not give the job to outsiders."
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    What we need is a blue ribbon panel to study the bipartisan task force. Of course, we'll need to appoint another bipartisan task force to name the blue ribbon panel.

    Let's just hope that they take some action on this. If nothing else, have the Senate police the House and vice versa.




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