So they pass an Ethics & Lobbying reform bill by a vote of 217-213 that basically reforms nothing…
The Washington Post weighed in
House members should reject the diluted snake oil that Mr. Dreier and the GOP leadership are peddling as bold reform. Their bill, which is expected to come before the House for a vote today, is an insult to voters who the GOP apparently believes are dumb enough to be snookered by this feint. The procedures under which it is to be debated, allowing only meaningless amendments to be considered, are an insult also — to the democratic process.
Congressman Rothman voted against the bill saying
“We need real, comprehensive lobbying and ethics reform in Washington. Today, I supported proposals to permanently ban lavish gifts, ban the use of corporate or privately owned jets for official travel, stop ‘dead of night’ special interest provisions in legislation, require lobbyists to file more informative and accessible public disclosure forms, require Members of Congress to wait at least 2 years before going onto lucrative lobbying jobs, and enforce the ethics rules that are being ignored by the broken House Ethics Committee.
“Unfortunately, the Republican Leadership of the House majority instead rammed through a watered-down bill. It does practically nothing to stop the practices that led to an energy bill written by and for oil companies such as Exxon, which continues to post record profits.
“I voted against the Republican Majority’s sham ethics and lobbying ‘reform’ legislation and I would do it again. It makes a mockery of the word ‘reform’ and insults the millions of Americans who want to see real change. We wasted taxpayer dollars keeping the lights on for this vote.”