Congressional ethics

October 17, 2014 — On this week’s FEDtalk guests discuss the call for reform of the Congressional ethics process, especially with regards to the recent Public Citizen report “The Case for Independent Ethics Agencies”.

Host Jenny Mattingley is joined for this roundtable discussion by James Thurber, distinguished professor in the Department of Government in American University’s School of Public Affairs and the director of American University’s Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, Craig Holman, Government Affairs lobbyist, Public Citizen, Aaron Scherb, director of Legislative Affairs, Common Cause, and Meredith McGehee, policy director, Campaign Legal Center.

In early October, a wide-ranging coalition of watchdog and public interest organizations, along with several scholars, sent letters to House and Senate leadership calling for a strengthened congressional ethics system.

The panel discusses the Public Citizen report, the letters sent to Congress, the current congressional ethics framework, and the case for reform.

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