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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:48 PM
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WP: Lobbyists Won't Like What Pelosi Has in Mind
Lobbyists Won't Like What Pelosi Has in Mind
By Jeffrey H. Birnbaum
Monday, October 30, 2006; Page D01

....If Democrats gain the 15 seats they need to win control of the House -- and most analysts think they will -- one of the first things the new House will do is restrict or end outright a slew of lobbying practices.

In a little-publicized statement, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House Democratic leader, has promised to change the chamber's rules to reflect the provisions of her not-so-modestly-named Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2006. The months-old measure would, among other things, prohibit House members from accepting gifts and travel from lobbyists or from organizations that employ lobbyists.

The Pelosi bill includes changes not only to House rules but also to federal laws. Any changes in law would have to be approved by the Senate and the president before they could take effect. But the House can alter its own rules anytime, and that's precisely what Pelosi proposes to do as the House's first official act next year -- after it selects her as speaker....

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The biggest change proposed by Pelosi would be the ban on gifts and travel. Pelosi would prohibit House members and their staff from using corporate jets for travel taken as part of their official duties. She would also prevent them from taking anything of value from lobbyists, including meals, tickets and entertainment.

The ban would apply not just to lobbyists' gifts but also to gifts from nongovernmental groups that hire lobbyists. House members and their aides would also be barred from accepting transportation or lodging for any trips that are funded, arranged, requested, planned or even attended by lobbyists.

These are all reactions to the Jack Abramoff scandal....

(NOTE: Much more in the article about Pelosi's plans.)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:50 PM
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1. and why are the American people supposed to give a damn about what
Lobbyists want?
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:53 PM
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4. This reporter's beat is writing about lobbyists; the article in no way...
criticizes Pelosi for her plans.
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:05 PM
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8. sorry, I was a bit aggressive there. mad at lobbyists, not at your op.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:41 PM
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9. No, no -- it was a very strange headline. Sometimes...
I think I'd like to go into the headline writing business myself!
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:52 PM
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2. "not-so-modestly-named Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2006"
Well, if that were a proposal from the bush administration, you can bet your bottom dollar it would mean exactly the opposite.

Other than the somewhat snarky "not so modestly named" adjective, it's good to see this in the WaPo.
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originalpckelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:53 PM
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3. GO! WOOHOO!!!!!!
This makes me feel so good about America, gosh, if we win things are really going to get better, at least in the House!
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:54 PM
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5. It sounds like a great gust of fresh air. nt
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yourout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:57 PM
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6. Should also apply to imediate family members of Congress Persons.
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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:02 PM
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7. As If...
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 10:03 PM by MannyGoldstein
Anyone want to put some money on this?

No way the Brave Congressional Dems will cut down on legal graft once they're the biggest recipients. Not gonna' happen.

There'll be 15 versions of this - everyone will be able to say they voted for some version of it, but none of them will pass.

Feh.
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