Ethics Bill Voted Against

1 decade 4 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, August 01 2007 Aug 1, 2007 Wednesday, August 01, 2007 5:06:32 AM CDT August 01, 2007 in News
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Missouri congressmen are among a handful of lawmakers voting against a House ethics bill aimed at shedding more light on spending and fund-raising. Democrat William Lacy Clay of St. Louis says the new record-keeping and disclosure requirements are more burdensome than productive. Democrat Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City calls the reform package - quote - "a sham" that is not true ethics reform. The bill passed on a vote of 411-to-8. It's meant to reduce corruption and scandal on Capitol Hill. Senate leaders hope to pass a similar measure later this week. It requires greater disclosure about lobbying activities, bans gifts from lobbyists, restricts corporate-funded travel for lawmakers and requires disclosure of pet projects or "earmarks."

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