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Gutting House Ethics Will Enable More Corruption, Less Accountability

January 3, 2017 | Laura Friedenbach

Washington, D.C. — Money-in-politics watchdog Every Voice released the following statement on House Republicans’ proposal to gut ethics oversight and accountability as their first act of the new Congress.

“House Republicans’ proposal to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics will enable more corruption and less accountability,” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice. “No American, save a few members of Congress and those who want to do business in backrooms, supports this. Speaker Paul Ryan said he opposed the measure, and he should show leadership by calling for the Office of Congressional Ethics to be reinstated.”

“If this proposal does move forward,” Donnelly continued, “there must be a public roll call vote on this particular amendment so Americans know where their member of Congress stands. People deserve to know whether their member of Congress is fighting for them or fighting for more corruption.”

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