November 11, 2006

New Rules for the House?

I hope they Pelosi can push the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act through congress:

The act is a tough document, authored by Nancy Pelosi, the San Francisco-area congresswomen who has been the Democratic House leader since 2002. She will likely be the House Speaker if the Democrats win next Tuesday.

Here are some of the new rules Pelosi wants:

No House member may accept any gift of any value from lobbyists, or any firm or association that hires lobbyists.

No free travel, which means an end to the corporate jet line every Friday at Reagan National Airport.

No free tickets to Redskins games; or no meals of any value, even at a McDonalds; no front-row seats at entertainment venues.

Sounds good to me. Where do we sign up? Oh, that’s right, we all already did when we sent the Democrats to Washington. Let’s hope they don’t disappoint us. It seems to me like this would be a good start to getting at least some corrupting influence out of government.

Posted by James at November 11, 2006 5:38 PM
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Now THAT would make me smile. :) Well, that and the Senate killing the bill that would end Net Neutrality and turn over the interwebs to the telcos....

Posted by: leslie at November 11, 2006 11:20 PM

I remember the Republican Revolution of 1994 had as much to do with fighting corruption as it did with the Contract with America (in fact, the two were seen as one and the same). I remember the obsessive focus on term-limits and gift bans. Term limits obviously never got passed, but I thought a lot of the gift-bans did? Maybe there were just tons of loopholes, and hopefully this will close the loopholes.

Posted by: DG at November 12, 2006 11:57 AM

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