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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226-250 of 17301 signatures
Number Date Name Add a Comment
17076 Mon Dec 17 17:43:37 EST 2012 Michelle Michaels-Tyner
17075 Mon Dec 17 17:16:39 EST 2012 Jim Reagan
17074 Mon Dec 17 16:54:04 EST 2012 William Davis The Congress is overrun with corrupt and fascist corporate lobbyists and other henchmen of the criminal class of rich people. Ethics is a joke in Washington.
17073 Mon Dec 17 16:38:58 EST 2012 S. P. Almskaar
17072 Mon Dec 17 16:24:48 EST 2012 Lisa Wilsher
17071 Mon Dec 17 15:59:30 EST 2012 Mary Hathaway People are watching Congress and especiall House to see if they will begin to work together and treat their jobs seriously. We are your employees and we are getting increasingly disgusted with your short More....
17070 Mon Dec 17 15:37:38 EST 2012 Evanne Maher
17069 Mon Dec 17 15:36:53 EST 2012 Michele Fdz Etxeb
17068 Mon Dec 17 15:33:04 EST 2012 S Purtell
17067 Mon Dec 17 15:16:55 EST 2012 Katherine Karnopp
17066 Mon Dec 17 14:35:44 EST 2012 PINGSHUN HUANG
17065 Mon Dec 17 14:19:38 EST 2012 Peter Pileggi
17064 Mon Dec 17 14:12:56 EST 2012 Anonymous
17063 Mon Dec 17 14:08:57 EST 2012 Robin Greene
17062 Mon Dec 17 13:55:50 EST 2012 Catherine Starkweather
17061 Mon Dec 17 13:06:22 EST 2012 Debra Poortenga
17060 Mon Dec 17 12:16:34 EST 2012 Sarah Eisenberg
17059 Mon Dec 17 12:05:21 EST 2012 Susan Butterweck
17058 Mon Dec 17 12:02:47 EST 2012 Joyce Spittel No loopholes and full enforcement, please.
17057 Mon Dec 17 11:53:19 EST 2012 Francisco J. Velez
17056 Mon Dec 17 10:55:41 EST 2012 Rusty Glicksman
17055 Mon Dec 17 10:52:32 EST 2012 Paul Macomber
17054 Mon Dec 17 10:35:50 EST 2012 Martin Nadler
17053 Mon Dec 17 10:32:57 EST 2012 Lindsay Suter
17052 Mon Dec 17 10:14:21 EST 2012 Richard Sanderson
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