Statement: Roosevelt Fellow Responds to Sweeping Ethics Bill’s Move to the House
November 16, 2018
“For decades, influence in Washington has been a matter of money: those who can afford to pay get to make the rules and determine the future of our country. This systemic corruption undermines democracy and exacerbates economic inequality.”
Today, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced companion legislation for the Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act, which was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) earlier this year.
The bill’s key provisions would create a single federal anticorruption agency, ban current members of Congress and senior government officials from owning stock, and create a lifetime ban on lobbying for members of Congress and senior government officials and eliminates the revolving door between agencies and the companies they regulate.
In response, Julie Margetta Morgan, Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and Co-Director of the Great Democracy Initiative, issued the following statement:
“For decades, influence in Washington has been a matter of money: those who can afford to pay get to make the rules and determine the future of our country. This systemic corruption undermines democracy and exacerbates economic inequality.
“The Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act provides many of the tools needed to ensure that policymakers prioritize the public interest over their self-interest, and make sure all of our voices are heard – not just those who can afford to buy a seat at the table. Representative Jayapal’s announcement signals a strong step forward for making tackling corruption a priority among lawmakers.”
Morgan is the co-author of Unstacking the Deck: A New Agenda to Tame Corruption in Washington, which examines the role of money in government and the revolving door between lobbyists and regulators. The report calls for modernized ethics rules, an end to the revolving door, and the creation of a federal enforcement agency to fight corruption.
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