Thursday, June 08, 2006

Ford: Zarqawi Killing Shows Progress; Much More Work To Be Done

Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. today released the following statement regarding the death of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi in Iraq:

"Our troops in Iraq scored a tremendous victory today with the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Once again, the 101st Airborne led the way, moving in just after the bombing to identify Zarqawi. Our warfighters are continuing to perform heroically and bravely and deserve a tremendous amount of praise.

"There is no question that we are better off with Zarqawi dead. But the insurgency has never just been about one person. We must remain vigilant about implementing a real plan that will enable the Iraqis to take control of their own security."

155 Days

Days of Congressional Inaction on Ethics

Above is the number of days that have passed since Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to bribing Congressman.

It is also the number of days in which Congress has failed to pass an ethics reform bill that would limit private travel, ski and golf junkets, and would call for a full disclosure of expenses by lobbyists on members of Congress.

It is time for Congress to step up and pass an ethics reform bill that would do all of the above. In addition, it is time to end the pork barrel spending system as we know it and establish an independent ethics commission that would review ethics complaints against members of Congress.

I am proud Congressman Harold Ford Jr. is fighting for that reform!

Read Congressman Ford's call for reform of the House rules here!