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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151-175 of 17301 signatures
Number Date Name Add a Comment
17151 Wed Dec 19 21:36:13 EST 2012 Glen D Taysom You would think by now this message wouldn't even be necessary. How sad.
17150 Wed Dec 19 20:12:53 EST 2012 Anonymous
17149 Wed Dec 19 19:45:23 EST 2012 Michael Mostello
17148 Wed Dec 19 18:03:14 EST 2012 Mark Alexander
17147 Wed Dec 19 17:36:17 EST 2012 Paul Cameron
17146 Wed Dec 19 17:03:41 EST 2012 Rev Crow Swimsaway PhD
17145 Wed Dec 19 16:46:48 EST 2012 Lois and Gordon Kennedy Congress should be accountable especially to persons who do not have a conflict of interest.
17144 Wed Dec 19 16:33:51 EST 2012 Linda Marshall
17143 Wed Dec 19 15:14:03 EST 2012 Sondra J. Franzmann
17142 Wed Dec 19 15:06:08 EST 2012 mikki Sillman
17141 Wed Dec 19 14:52:20 EST 2012 Anonymous The House could surely benefit from some ethics!
17140 Wed Dec 19 13:00:56 EST 2012 Susan Phillips
17139 Wed Dec 19 12:23:34 EST 2012 James Tyree II
17138 Wed Dec 19 11:52:34 EST 2012 Andrew Benton
17137 Wed Dec 19 08:45:31 EST 2012 Philip Mitzkavich
17136 Wed Dec 19 08:36:42 EST 2012 Patti Batchelder
17135 Wed Dec 19 02:57:37 EST 2012 Thomas Tizard
17134 Wed Dec 19 01:05:48 EST 2012 Peter Betts
17133 Tue Dec 18 23:24:17 EST 2012 Karen Parlette
17132 Tue Dec 18 22:00:11 EST 2012 Eleni Hagen
17131 Tue Dec 18 20:31:42 EST 2012 Carol
17130 Tue Dec 18 20:19:54 EST 2012 S. Clark
17129 Tue Dec 18 19:46:23 EST 2012 Ronn Brown
17128 Tue Dec 18 19:24:01 EST 2012 Donna Alexander
17127 Tue Dec 18 18:48:31 EST 2012 Kathy
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