December 31, 2004
Lawmakers May Ease on their Ethics Rules
Today's Washington Post (also on Yahoo News) reports in a story titled, "House to Consider Relaxing Its Rules, that "House Republican leaders are urging members to alter one of the chamber's fundamental ethics rules, which would make it harder for lawmakers to discipline a colleague."
Some of the additional changes include: "allow[ing] either party to stop the House ethics committee from investigating a complaint against a member" and "relax[ing] a restriction on relatives of lawmakers accepting foreign and domestic trips from groups interested in legislation before the House."
This is an odd development, especially for a legislative body that is passing new laws to crack down on improper business practices. If this passes, will this legislative body be saying that there are two standards - one for businesses and another for those in the political realm?
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