Don’t Let Congress Shut Down the Office of Congressional Ethics

Sign the Petition to Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to Re-Authorize Congress’ In-House, Independent Ethics Watchdog

The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) is charged with making sure that representatives in the U.S. House who violate ethics rules are investigated and held accountable.

Instead of being staffed by currently sitting lawmakers (who have an inherent self-interest in turning a blind eye to all but the most egregious violations), the OCE is staffed by a bipartisan board of private citizens.

Re-authorizing the OCE is easy – it does not require the passage of new legislation.

All Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi have to do is re-authorize the OCE in the rules for the next Congress and appoint four new board members (two each) to replace the four outgoing members whose terms expire at the end of this month.

Add Your Name to the Petition Below to Urge Boehner and Pelosi to Re-Authorize and Appoint New Board Members to the OCE.


We, the undersigned, call on House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to re-authorize and appoint new board members to the Office of Congressional Ethics. With the public’s trust in Congress near an all-time low, ensuring lawmakers are held to a high ethical standard will go far toward restoring the American public’s faith in the House of Representatives.

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101-125 of 17301 signatures
Number Date Name Add a Comment
17201 Tue Dec 25 19:40:25 EST 2012 Jacqueline Birnbaum
17200 Tue Dec 25 16:06:49 EST 2012 Anonymous
17199 Tue Dec 25 13:37:54 EST 2012 William Snavely
17198 Tue Dec 25 11:20:53 EST 2012 Laurie Lagoe
17197 Mon Dec 24 17:53:26 EST 2012 Ed Gracely This seems like an office that is badly needed. I can't imagine why it wouldn't have the full support of everyone in Congress with nothing to hide. Please reauthorize it.
17196 Mon Dec 24 14:38:36 EST 2012 Anonymous
17195 Mon Dec 24 13:17:17 EST 2012 Walter
17194 Mon Dec 24 10:30:35 EST 2012 Madeline Shapiro
17193 Mon Dec 24 09:35:00 EST 2012 Janice Kraus
17192 Mon Dec 24 02:52:19 EST 2012 Diane LaMagdeleine
17191 Mon Dec 24 00:38:34 EST 2012 Erica Coco
17190 Sun Dec 23 23:25:21 EST 2012 John Samuelson
17189 Sun Dec 23 21:04:46 EST 2012 Anonymous
17188 Sun Dec 23 19:39:19 EST 2012 Leigh Hill It so, so easy Mr. Speaker. And you need anything you can get to make you look good after the failure of your leadership on your "Plan B".
17187 Sun Dec 23 19:11:44 EST 2012 Shearle Furnish
17186 Sun Dec 23 16:30:13 EST 2012 Victoria
17185 Sun Dec 23 16:29:43 EST 2012 Richard
17184 Sun Dec 23 13:04:05 EST 2012 Robert Abramson I think it is important to systematically investigate most elected officials due to their lack of honesty.
17183 Sun Dec 23 01:54:18 EST 2012 Alicea Campos
17182 Sat Dec 22 21:46:50 EST 2012 Brandon Richards
17181 Sat Dec 22 13:40:44 EST 2012 Anonymous I am disgusted with every sigle one of you. Resign and be gone!
17180 Sat Dec 22 12:25:37 EST 2012 Ray Reyes
17179 Sat Dec 22 10:27:17 EST 2012 Patricia A. Cook
17178 Sat Dec 22 09:45:20 EST 2012 Laura Dunckley Please do something the impression of chaos, greed, is embarrassing in front of the rest of the world and the fact you make good salaries, have excellent health and retirement benefits and rarely come More....
17177 Sat Dec 22 09:44:49 EST 2012 Laura Dunckley Please do something the impression of chaos, greed, is embarrassing in front of the rest of the world and the fact you make good salaries, have excellent health and retirement benefits and rarely come More....
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