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Historic Ethics Reform Passes U.S. House

Statement of Diane E. Brown, Arizona PIRG Executive Director
For Immediate Release

The Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) applauds today’s U.S. House vote on lobby and ethics reform.  The bill represents a momentous step toward reining in the special access and influence exerted by powerful interests in Washington, D.C.  It is without question the most significant change to the rules in a generation.

The legislation pulls back the curtain on previously secretive practices in Congress that benefits narrow special interests.  For the first time, legislators will have to disclose the names of lobbyists who bundle campaign contributions. There is meaningful and effective disclosure and accountability in the earmarking process.  There are stronger conflict of interest and disclosure rules for when members are negotiating for private sector jobs and an extension of the revolving door rules for when members leave Congress.  This landmark legislation challenges the culture in Washington, D.C.

Arizona PIRG now calls on the U.S. Senate to adopt the bill without any changes.  The bill that returns to the U.S. Senate is stronger in several areas than the one they already passed with strong bipartisan support.  Efforts to derail the bill at this juncture cannot be done in the name of protecting the public.  We must not lose this historic opportunity for change to partisan infighting.

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