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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51-75 of 17301 signatures
Number Date Name Add a Comment
17251 Tue Jan 01 22:50:28 EST 2013 Beth Paransky
17250 Tue Jan 01 17:29:32 EST 2013 Nina
17249 Tue Jan 01 15:10:11 EST 2013 Brian Krahmer
17248 Tue Jan 01 01:12:29 EST 2013 jennifer Ponte
17247 Mon Dec 31 14:41:01 EST 2012 Joanne Byars
17246 Mon Dec 31 10:14:32 EST 2012 Eric Heveron-Smith
17245 Mon Dec 31 02:03:47 EST 2012 Rodrigo Dominguez
17244 Sun Dec 30 19:56:30 EST 2012 T cho
17243 Sun Dec 30 18:33:59 EST 2012 Tamara Teague
17242 Sun Dec 30 16:47:46 EST 2012 Kevin Silas
17241 Sun Dec 30 16:08:05 EST 2012 Jess Felter
17240 Sun Dec 30 14:57:58 EST 2012 Patrick Dolan
17239 Sun Dec 30 11:04:51 EST 2012 Michael Price
17238 Sun Dec 30 09:00:51 EST 2012 Phillip McLaurin Re-authorize and appoint new board members to the Office of Congressional Ethics.
17237 Sun Dec 30 07:46:51 EST 2012 Paul King
17236 Sat Dec 29 23:27:07 EST 2012 Vicky VanValkenburg The OCE needs to be staffed by a bipartisan board of private citizens because you don't let foxes guard the henhouse.
17235 Sat Dec 29 22:22:12 EST 2012 Fernando Christensen
17234 Sat Dec 29 16:06:56 EST 2012 Janis Todd
17233 Sat Dec 29 13:20:38 EST 2012 Vernealius
17232 Sat Dec 29 08:29:57 EST 2012 Dennis DeMarinis
17231 Sat Dec 29 01:45:48 EST 2012 Lawrence Merlino
17230 Fri Dec 28 22:57:24 EST 2012 Anonymous
17229 Fri Dec 28 22:44:17 EST 2012 Sam Wakely
17228 Fri Dec 28 22:44:00 EST 2012 Bree
17227 Fri Dec 28 18:47:43 EST 2012 Carol Bouldin With corruption at an all-time high, we need the OCE more than ever, staffed with board members who are not corporate-owned and have no conflicts of interest!
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