Monday, May 01, 2006

New Weeks Begins; Still Nothing From Republicans On Ethics Bill

Today marks the start of a new week and another day in which Congressman Ford's opponents are silent on the issue of ethics reform.

Last week, Congressman Ford called on his Republican opponents, Ed Bryant, Van Hilleary, and Bob Corker to tell Tennesseans how they would vote on the weak ethics bill that has been put forth by John Boehner and the Republican Congress.

Ford made it clear he was not happy with the proposal and said he would vote no: “I will vote no on this weak ethics reform bill because it does very little to rebuild people's confidence in Congress' integrity. To fix it, we should ban gifts to Congress, the Senate and their aides, double to two years the ban on lobbying by former members of Congress, end lavish junkets paid for by private groups and end all pork spending until we balance the budget. Even then, we should force up or down votes on every piece of pork submitted."

Why won't Bryant, Hilleary, and Corker tell us how they would vote on this bill? More to the point, why won't they tell us anything on any issue?

If they can't tell the voters in the state something as simple as their stance on Boehner's poor ethics bill, then why should they be our next U.S. Senator?

Tennessee deserves better than a Boehner or Frist-lite U.S. Senator. They deserve someone who will take ethics seriously in Washington D.C. and Harold Ford Jr. has shown he will do that.

Rise up Tennesseans and demand to know the Republicans stance on this ethics bill!

Read about Congressman Ford's actions on ethics reform here! (1 , 2, 3)

Read about John Boehner's views opposing ethics reform here!

Read about John Boehner's broken promises regarding ethics reform here!