Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi: Democrats' First Order of Business in the New Congress Will Be Ethics Reform

November 27, 2006
Press Release
'Democrats will pursue an aggressive legislative agenda during the first days of the new Congress that serves the public interest rather than the special interests.  An integral part of restoring integrity to Congress is ensuring that legislative decisions are made for the common good.  The People's House should not be an auction house, with legislation being sold to the highest bidder.  For that reason, the first order of business will be ethics reform.

'The American people have continued to pay the price for the Republican culture of corruption - through a complex prescription drug bill that explicitly prohibits the government from negotiating lower prices due to intense lobbying from the pharmaceutical industry and billions of dollars in giveaways for large oil companies that were already raking in record profits.

'The Democratic ethics package will break the link between lobbyists and legislation, where well-connected special interests write legislation that cost consumers more at the pharmacy and gas pump.

'The American people want greater integrity in Washington, and Democrats pledge to make this the most honest, ethical and open Congress in history.'