Monday, January 1, 2007

Rep Conyers and a New Legislative Compliance Program

Representative John Conyors was the subject of a public statement issued by Chair Doc Hastings and Ranking Minority Member Howard L. Berman concerning "an informal inquiry in December 2003 into reports that members of the congressional staff of Representative John Conyers had performed campaign activity on official time and in some instances using official resources, and that some staff members may have been compelled to do campaign work or personal work for Representative Conyers."  If the assertions had proved to be true it "could implicate" house rules and perhaps if egregious it might have risen to the level of being subject to a criminal inquiry.  But the matter did not progress in that fashion.  The public statement issued states that:

"After reviewing the information gathered during the inquiry, and in light of Representative Conyers’ cooperation with the inquiry, we have concluded that this matter should be resolved through the issuance of this public statement and the agreement by Representative Conyers to take a number of additional, significant steps to ensure that his office complies with all rules and standards regarding campaign and personal work by congressional staff."

The list of six conditions might be a good model for others in Congress to follow in establishing their own compliance or "effective" programs. 


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