After Getting Busted Congress Caves and Will Require Members To Disclose Trips From Lobbyists

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The House Ethics Committee caved to public pressure, and quickly reversed itself two days after a secret ruling that changed eliminated a rule requiring members of Congress to publicly disclose the free trips they were getting from lobbyists.

Two days ago, I wrote about the House Ethics Committee secretly eliminating a rule that required members of Congress to disclose free trips worth tens of thousands of dollars that were paid for by lobbyists. It was ironic that the House Ethics Committee made a secret decision that was designed to avoid transparency.

After a great public outcry, the House Ethics Committee quickly reversed course.

According to The Hill, “House Ethics Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway said Thursday on a local Texas radio program that his panel would overturn a change to annual disclosure forms that removed the requirement of lawmakers to report on privately funded trips.”

By not publicizing the change in the rules, it was clear that the House Ethics Committee knew what they were doing was wrong. Members of Congress often think that they can sneak things past the folks back home, but in the age of the Internet, someone is always watching. As soon as a bit of light was shined on the subject, the members of the Ethics Committee quickly backtracked.

The Citizens United decision has allowed corporate and billionaire dollars to have too much influence over the nation’s politics. One of the main reasons for the gridlock in Congress is because Republican members of the House and Senate work for their big money donors, not the Republican Party, or their constituents. This decision by the Ethics Committee was a sign that many members of Congress wanted to be bought with luxury trips and private jet rides.

The American people told them no, and Congress was delivered a stern reminder that it doesn’t matter who writes the checks for their reelection campaigns, they work for the people.

22 Replies to “After Getting Busted Congress Caves and Will Require Members To Disclose Trips From Lobbyists”

  1. The GOP continue to shine a light
    on their lies and cheating.
    Makes ya wonder what else they’re
    doing behind closed doors AND behind
    our backs?????
    Doesn’t it??

  2. We need to tell them no trips period. They have no business going over seas. Look what its done for McCain. Always on the wrong side.

    These guys are crooked

  3. This is what you get electing conservatives.. whats right takes a far second to there own personal well being, sure the other side is not much better but at least they try to help the ppl.

  4. Too bad we have to watch them at every turn, like two olds. Americans should be able to trust the politicians they elect to not only be adult but to act like them, as well.

  5. Its only unethical if you are arrogant enough to think you can get away with it.
    Otherwise anything goes. Character is:.. your words and actions when you think no one is looking.

  6. it makes me wonder HOW it is legal for them to accept trips worth tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for their congressional votes……….. and earlier change of the LAWS behind closed doors.

  7. How do we know there weren’t several Dem votes? This is a problem with both parties. I am a liberal. But these smug comments about electing conservatives are ridiculous when you know the original rules change was bipartisan.

  8. Watching them like hawks is the price of quashing the stupids.

    Power corrupts.

    for a while, we let television rule our lives. It was our common culture, something we could connect to each other by. Before that, it was movies, and before that, telegraphs.

    But we’ve abandoned TV as a cultural touchstone. Which is good. Our children assume telepathy as the norm.

  9. They took a mile, repealing the Stock Act, allowing them to Be Gifted With Insider Information, and gave back an inch with disclosure reversal. Ethics, brought up in the discussion of congress (especially this one) is laughable.

  10. To inject a tiny bit of fairness, the corruption and payoffs happen on both sides of the aisle. It just depends which party is in control of at the time. Power corrupts.

    That said, it’s sad and pathetic that voters have to be as vigilant to make sure they aren’t pulling little stunts like this.

  11. Trust and Politician, should probably NOT be used in the same sentence, its in diametrically opposition. LOL

  12. While I agree with your point, I take issue with your terminology. Please don’t demean any woman by calling her a heifer. Judge her by her character, not her looks. We’re supposed to be better than that.

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