Pelosi Statement on Passage of Ethics Reform and Pay-As-You-Go Budget Rules

January 5, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the passage of Congressional ethics reform and pay-as-you-go budget rules.

'House Democrats got straight to work this week by passing the toughest Congressional ethics reform in history.  We have broken the link between lobbyists and legislation: banning gifts and travel from lobbyists and organizations that retain or employ them, banning travel on corporate jets, shutting down the K Street project, subjecting all earmarks to the full light of day, and reinstating the strict rules of pay-as-you-go budgeting.

'But these reforms are just our first steps.  In the coming months, we will propose legislation to close the revolving door between government officials and lobbying firms and shine a light on lobbyists' efforts to influence legislation. We will also require a bipartisan task force to report out recommendations on the creation of an outside entity to uphold the highest ethical standards here in the House.

'Honest leadership is not just a partisan goal.  It is the key to putting the interests of all Americans ahead of the special interests.  It is what the American people sent us here to do, and House Democrats are proud to have taken serious and substantive steps to ensure Congress governs with the highest ethical steps.'