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Ethics Reform Proposal. It’s time to restore honesty
and integrity to Washington!
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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.