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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

 

For the 109th Congress, It Is Business As Usual


The Lawmakers and Their Patrons, the Lobbyists


Let's face it. Congress does not want enactment of a meaningful legislation to curb the influence of lobbyists. It never did. The members made some noises after details of Jack Abramoff's illegal deals came to light. But they had second thoughts. Editorial in the Post, Sham Lobbying Reform, paints a sickening picture of the lawmakers and their shameful decision to push for a toothless bill. "Mr. Dreier's Rules Committee took an already weak House bill and made it weaker. From the version of the measure approved by the House Judiciary Committee, it dropped provisions that would require lobbyists to disclose fundraisers they host for candidates, campaign checks they solicit for lawmakers and parties they finance (at conventions, for example) in honor of members.

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