Democrats in Senate Fail to Block Bill on Ethics

After campaigning for months on a promise to tighten ethics rules, Senate Democratic leaders tried unsuccessfully Thursday to block a measure that would shine a light on the shadowy practice of earmarking federal money for lawmakers’ pet projects.

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Partisan dispute derails ethics reform

Pensacola News Journal

01/18/07

A dispute with Republicans derailed ethics and lobbying legislation Democrats had hoped would mark their takeover of the Senate. ‘I hope this is going to be just a bump in the road,’ said Democratic Whip Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. ‘We will give them another chance to think about this.’ The bill would have reduced the influence of lobbyists in shaping legislation and forced lawmakers to be more open about the pet projects they slip into legislation...

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