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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176-200 of 17301 signatures
Number Date Name Add a Comment
17126 Tue Dec 18 18:48:31 EST 2012 Kathy
17125 Tue Dec 18 18:26:31 EST 2012 K. Arnone
17124 Tue Dec 18 17:18:27 EST 2012 Toddy Perryman
17123 Tue Dec 18 17:18:18 EST 2012 Arthur Richard
17122 Tue Dec 18 17:01:08 EST 2012 Alan and Sarah Pollard
17121 Tue Dec 18 16:43:18 EST 2012 Robert Munson
17120 Tue Dec 18 15:54:33 EST 2012 Stephen Battis
17119 Tue Dec 18 15:35:12 EST 2012 Diane Desenberg
17118 Tue Dec 18 15:11:49 EST 2012 Erica Coco
17117 Tue Dec 18 14:54:26 EST 2012 Carrie Brummette
17116 Tue Dec 18 14:33:19 EST 2012 James White
17115 Tue Dec 18 14:29:13 EST 2012 A. Wolf
17114 Tue Dec 18 13:56:24 EST 2012 R Dalka
17113 Tue Dec 18 13:50:52 EST 2012 Kelly
17112 Tue Dec 18 13:46:19 EST 2012 David and Ann Cordero
17111 Tue Dec 18 13:44:05 EST 2012 Ann Steele
17110 Tue Dec 18 13:23:02 EST 2012 Jillian Layton We need our citizens to protects us from our politicians and vice versa. Give us more tools to do so!
17109 Tue Dec 18 10:41:27 EST 2012 Dave Matthews
17108 Tue Dec 18 10:01:21 EST 2012 Terry Eaton In an age when so many are clearly corrupt, it's no time to allow the OCE to fade away. It should be busy 24 hrs. a day investigating the blatant corruption of congress. Maybe we should be sure and add More....
17107 Tue Dec 18 09:17:20 EST 2012 Emmett Michie
17106 Tue Dec 18 09:17:00 EST 2012 Kathleen Edlich Hold
17105 Tue Dec 18 09:16:02 EST 2012 Kathleen Edlich
17104 Tue Dec 18 08:12:18 EST 2012 Stephen Miller
17103 Tue Dec 18 06:44:12 EST 2012 Anonymous This has been one of the most do nothing Congresses. I urge you to do something positive in the name of democracy.
17102 Tue Dec 18 04:07:48 EST 2012 Anonymous Ethics accountability in light of day is essential to democracy.
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