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Mar 15, 2005

Rep. Shays Votes for Lower Ethical Standards for Congress

DCCC Press

Mar 15, 2005

Rep. Shays Votes for Lower Ethical Standards for Congress

Shays' vote could shield DeLay from investigation despite ethics sanctions.

Rep. Chris Shays voted today with his Republican colleagues for lower ethical standards in the U.S. House of Representatives. Shays has claimed to be a champion of reform on campaign finance and other issues, but he once again fell into line with GOP leaders by voting against a resolution calling for a bipartisan panel to make recommendations restoring confidence in the broken congressional ethics process. [RC #70, 3/15/05]

By voting to table the resolution, Shays voted to protect GOP Leader Tom DeLay, who oversaw the re-writing of House ethics rules solely to protect him from investigation.

"Chris Shays wants to be known as a 'reformer,' but today's vote to protect Tom DeLay and shut down the House ethics process is a knock-out blow to reform," said DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel.

Last year, the House Ethics Committee twice sanctioned Rep. DeLay for his actions and carried an additional charge over for investigation in this Congress. In retaliation DeLay and the House Republicans removed the GOP Chairman of the Ethics Committee. In addition, Shays and other Republicans voted in January to change the rules of the House to make it more difficult to investigate Members.


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