On Thursday, the House passed new ethics legislation “that would penalize lawmakers who receive a wide range of favors from special interests, and would require lobbyists to disclose the campaign contributions they collect and deliver to lawmakers.” The Senate passed similar legislation in January.
Today, on The Chris Matthews Show, CBS News’ national political correspondent Gloria Borger claimed that the new ethical standards could cause a mass exodus of corrupt lawmakers from the House. “Watch for mass resignations from House members who are now saying they can’t afford to live here unless they’re bought and paid for by lobbyists,” said Borger. “They’re going to leave.” Watch it:
Exit polls for the 2006 mid-term elections showed that voters considered corruption one of the top issues facing the nation. If what Borger says is true, this is a clear sign that the 110th Congress’s efforts to clean up the culture of corruption is having a real impact. Congress would be better served if lawmakers who are “bought and paid for by lobbyists” give up their seats.
Chris Matthews: Gloria?
Gloria Borger: This new ethics legislation that’s been passed by the House, is going to be passed by the Senate. Watch for mass resignations from House members, who are now saying they can’t afford to live here unless they’re bought and paid for by lobbyists. they’re going to leave.