PRESS RELEASE

Special Task Force on Ethics Enforcement Focuses on Flawed System

April 20, 2007

Washington, DC - The Special Task Force on Ethics Enforcement held its first public hearing Thursday, pledging to find workable solutions on ethics reform.

"I thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to share their thoughts on ethics reform with the task force. We received a great deal of thoughtful and compelling testimony that will be carefully considered as the task force deliberates in the weeks ahead," stated Congressman Mike Capuano, chair of the bipartisan task force.

"The charge of this task force is to recommend ways to improve the ethics process. But no matter what procedures are put in place governing ethics investigations of Members of Congress, there will always be a few bad apples in a much larger barrel," said Congressman Lamar Smith. "Our charge here is to determine how to help separate out the few bad apples without upsetting the whole applecart."

A second public hearing will be held in the next two weeks to hear testimony from former Members.

The task force has held 11 official meetings and will report its conclusions back to the House.

In January House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Rep. Mike Capuano to chair the Special Task Force on Ethics Enforcement. Rep. Lamar Smith serves as the Task Force's Ranking Member. Other members of the bipartisan task force include: Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), Rep. Dave Hobson (R-OH), and Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS).

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