Oct. 13, 2014
Groups to Congress: Reform Ethics Process in Senate and House
Ethics Working Group to Urge Creation of Independent Senate Ethics Office
WHAT: Roundtable discussion in which a newly formed coalition called the Ethics Working Group will call for reforms in the congressional ethics process. Speakers will advocate the creation of a U.S. Senate ethics office, greater transparency of ethics investigations and timetables for public reports on the status of investigations. In addition, Public Citizen will release a report analyzing the effectiveness of the ethics process in the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.
The Ethics Working Group includes Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Common Cause, Democracy 21, Judicial Watch, League of Women Voters, congressional experts and authors Thomas E. Mann and Norman Ornstein, National Taxpayers Union, Project On Government Oversight (POGO), Public Citizen, Sunlight Foundation, Taxpayers for Common Sense and political scientist James Thurber.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 15
WHO: Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division
Meredith McGehee, policy director, Campaign Legal Center
Aaron Scherb, director of legislative affairs, Common Cause
Daniel Schuman, policy director, CREW
Lisa Rosenberg, government affairs consultant, Sunlight Foundation
WHERE: 1629 Longworth House Office Building, New Jersey Ave. SE and C Street SE, Washington, D.C.
RSVP: To Meredith McGehee, firstname.lastname@example.org. Light refreshments will be served.