February 1, 2006

Hooray For Reform! Health Club Edition

Republicans want you to know that they are hot on the idea of reforming their scandal-plagued party. Congressional ethics is the watchphrase of the day.

And the measures to put that into effect are well under way, even if they are starting small. First up, the simple matter of cleaning lobbyists out of the congressional health club. And off the floor of the House.

Surely, congress can get that done. Or, maybe not.

Posted by James at February 1, 2006 4:27 PM
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Well, they used to have access. It's not like they are letting in just any lobbyist off the street. Only the well connected ones. :)

Posted by: briwei at February 2, 2006 9:41 AM

This isn't as crazy as it sounds. Why should former members of Congress, who are now lobbyists, have unfettered access to current members of Congress in the House gym?

I invite you to listen to this NPR story from this past Tuesday (Jan. 31). This ban will make more sense.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5180092

Posted by: Patti M. at February 2, 2006 2:19 PM

I don't think anyone here thinks the ban is crazy. I think Brian was joking. I could be wrong.

It seems clear to me that part of the problem of lobbyists is the whole "club of insiders" mentality that has permeated Washington politics.

Posted by: James at February 2, 2006 2:46 PM

Oh, it's all very chummy. I can see why these guys would like to be able to run on the treadmill in peace.

Posted by: Patti M. at February 2, 2006 3:58 PM

Exactly. I was going for sarcasm. After all, who has more inluence then someone who used to be in the sytem and is now paid by someone else to work it? I don't think anyone who is not a member should be there. Otherwise, memberships should be available to the public.

Posted by: briwei at February 3, 2006 10:17 AM

Otherwise, memberships should be available to the public.

Eeewww. One of the last things in the world I want to see is one of my representatives covered in sweat.

Nasty.

Posted by: Patti M. at February 3, 2006 11:11 AM

Right, but it would certainly force them to rethink the policy. If they have to choose between everyone and excluding their buddies, I think they are going to exclude.

Posted by: briwei at February 4, 2006 1:30 PM

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