Ethics Bill Clears House

Senate expected to pass reforms
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2007 4:10 PM CDT
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Friday, July 27, 2007, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The House passed a bill today that would impose sweeping new ethics rules and restrictions on lobbying, the Washington Post reports. The bill, which passed by an overwhelming 411-8 vote, takes particular aim at earmarks for legislators' personal projects. It also curbs campaign contributions and lobbyist wining and dining and imposes new restrictions on lobbyists.

Conservative lawmakers say they still believe the earmark rules are insufficient: "Earmarks have been the currency of corruption and, unfortunately, this lobbying reform bill does not adequately address that problem," said one Republican congressman. The bill is expected to pass the Senate despite Republican efforts to block an immediate vote. (Read more reform stories.)