The headline reads “House Leaders Propose New Ethics Rules”. It might as well read “Foxes to Guard Hen House”. From ABC News:
Stung by scandal, House Republican leaders announced plans Wednesday to impose at least a temporary ban on privately funded travel by lawmakers, along with a requirement for lobbyists to disclose the gifts they bestow on House members.
The recommendations will “sustain the integrity of the Congress as we move forward,” House Speaker Dennis Hastert said at a news [conference].
“We need to bring about bold, strong reform,” added Rep. David Dreier, the California Republican involved in assembling a set of proposals generally designed to limit the influence of lobbyists.
Not that the Democrats do any better when they’re in charge. This one’s so oxymoronic I’m at a loss for words.