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— Ban All Outside Relationships With Government Contractors
— Ban Members from Promoting Specific Businesses for Government Contracts or Regulatory Favors
— Eliminate Anonymous Appropriations
— Ban All Privately Funded Junkets


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Francine Busby Congressional Ethics Reform Proposal

Ban All Outside Relationships With Government Contractors
In most business and personal relationships, conflicts of interest are avoided. However, in Washington, those seeking government contracts can have extensive financial relationships with members of Congress. Francine believes that Congress should hold itself to the same standard as American businesses by banning any relationships between members of Congress and government contractors. Congressman Cunningham was closely financially tied to government contractor Mitchell Wade through a home sale, boat rental and non-profit organization. Francine believes that Congress should make appropriations without regard for personal conflicts of interest.

Ban Members from Promoting Specific Businesses for Government Contracts or Regulatory Favors
Members of Congress should be in the business of serving all people, not a select few powerful campaign contributors. Unfortunately, it has become far too common in Washington for members of Congress to use their official position to lobby for special favors for specific businesses. Government contracts and government decisions should not be decided by which business has the best connections in Washington, they should be determined by who can do the best job at the least cost to taxpayers.

Eliminate Anonymous Appropriations
When a member of Congress spends taxpayer money, taxpayers should know exactly which member of congress wrote the measure and how much it will cost. Currently members of Congress are able to make anonymous appropriation earmarks during the committee process. Every penny of government money that is spent should be accounted for and taxpayers should know exactly who is responsible for spending. This is one part of restoring honesty to the budget process and will also help stop out of control federal spending.

Ban All Privately Funded Junkets
Americans work hard and save to take vacations but for members of Congress, their vacations are all-expense-paid by powerful Washington special interests under current rules. Francine believes that members of Congress should either pay their own travel costs or they should follow the procedure for having the travel approved by the appropriate House Committee. Members of Congress have taken over $16 million in junkets since 2000.

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