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League of Women Voters

JANUARY 19, 2007
1:55 PM

CONTACT: League of Women Voters
Maggie Duncan
(202) 263-1332

League Commends Senate Action on Ethics Reform

WASHINGTON - January 19 - League of Women Voters President Mary G. Wilson today commended Senators for their quick action in derailing this week’s efforts to table significant lobbying and ethics reform proposals. After days of uncertainty and late-night blockage of the legislation, the Senate last night voted 96 to 2 to reduce the influence of lobbyists, strengthen ethics guidelines, and limit the actions of spouses of Senators.

“The League commends Senator Reid and others for acting quickly in response to Wednesday night’s stalemate and ensuring an honest up or down vote on these historic reforms,” said Wilson. “Voters have expressed a clear dissatisfaction with the unbridled level of corruption in Congress, and last night’s overwhelming passage of ethics and lobbying reform indicates their voices are at last being heard.”

“We are deeply disappointed, however, in those Senators who voted to defeat a proposal to create an independent ethics panel that would provide a nonpartisan, professional channel through which ethics rules could be enforced. Additionally, we regret that the "astroturf" provisions were defeated. These provisions would require disclosure of expensive campaigns by lobbying firms aimed at creating supposed grassroots support.”

“Our work to restore ethical public leadership is far from finished. League members in communities nationwide will continue to work diligently to ensure citizens can have faith in their democracy at all levels of government,” Wilson concluded.


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