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house Bill H.R. 70

Should Federal Advisory Committees Face More Stringent Ethics Requirements?

Argument in favor

The public should have access to information about who the experts advising federal agencies are, and how they are chosen. Because their position carries significant influence, all advisory committee and subcommittee members should comply with federal ethics laws and conflict of interest rules.

Margaret's Opinion
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01/04/2017
Representatives of the house and of congress work for the people. We pay your wages, superior benefits, and expect you to be transparent and protectors of our democracy. Representative should be held accountable. In my profession I am held accountable so I expect no less of our governing body.
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Leo's Opinion
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01/04/2017
Transparency and ethics are required for good government.
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Doris's Opinion
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01/04/2017
The highest level of ethical standards should be applied to ensure proper governance.
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Argument opposed

There should continue to be a distinction between advisory committee members and subcommittee members when it comes to compliance with federal ethics laws. Political appointees to advisory committees aren’t likely to allow political pressure to alter their recommendations.

Marines1994's Opinion
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01/05/2017
Read the first line, it's says require, "for federal advisory committees to comply with federal ethics laws, and require federal agencies to disclose more information about committee activities". They are already supposed to be doing this and no ones cares. Start enforcing the laws already in place. #RocketScience
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Alis's Opinion
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01/04/2017
Lordy. The pro argument is laughable considering that it is almost impossible to get Americans to vote! Who in the general population is likely to care enough to seek out this information if it was easily available? SO WHY SPEND THE MONEY? Besides, given the loose grip on ethics the current Republican dominated federal government has evidenced, I'm not certain this would make any difference! They are out to make a misery of the lives of ordinary citizens while robbing us blind. Nothing is likely to stop the carnage!!!
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Steve's Opinion
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01/20/2017
Correct me if I'm wrong, but this seems like another democrat scheme, in which they appear to be concerned about transparency by introducing duplicate legislation. Legislation which they're already ignoring. I agree with others who say, enforce the laws already in existence.
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    Representatives of the house and of congress work for the people. We pay your wages, superior benefits, and expect you to be transparent and protectors of our democracy. Representative should be held accountable. In my profession I am held accountable so I expect no less of our governing body.
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    Read the first line, it's says require, "for federal advisory committees to comply with federal ethics laws, and require federal agencies to disclose more information about committee activities". They are already supposed to be doing this and no ones cares. Start enforcing the laws already in place. #RocketScience
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    Transparency and ethics are required for good government.
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    The highest level of ethical standards should be applied to ensure proper governance.
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    See the problem is we think Congress works for us when currently they work for special interests and big money groups. Let's show them the door, Congress' job is to work to make everyone's lives better. Start by listening to them.
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    I would like the works: Who, When, Where, How, Why, History, Taxes as well as Ethics. If you can clear all the hurtles, you're clean to a seat on a committee to advise the President. However, if the President wants specific information from a single, knowable expert, this should be permitted.
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    Let's not forget the first order of business in the House was to try to gut the Ethics Committee. Transparency is a good thing and that is why the GOP/Party of Dump is against it.
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    Lordy. The pro argument is laughable considering that it is almost impossible to get Americans to vote! Who in the general population is likely to care enough to seek out this information if it was easily available? SO WHY SPEND THE MONEY? Besides, given the loose grip on ethics the current Republican dominated federal government has evidenced, I'm not certain this would make any difference! They are out to make a misery of the lives of ordinary citizens while robbing us blind. Nothing is likely to stop the carnage!!!
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    If I have to follow the law, so should government and those that work with or for it.
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    More transparency and any method to force a bipartisan working structure is superior to what exists right now.
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    This seems to increase government transparency. We could always use more of that.
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    Of course, too many elected officials have not operated ethically or legally in the past for this not to be something we keep.
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    Right and wrong are black and white. One cannot have too stringent ethics policies.
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    Control the facts, control the policy, control the nation. It's critical that the selection of our expert advisors is held to a uniform, bi-partisan-enforced standard of ethics.
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    I feel that currently, our government has been overlooking ethics.
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    the public should have complete transparency. Without haste.
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    No matter the committee, actions should always be ethical.
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    Anyone influencing public policy should be bound by federal ethics regs
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    We need more ethics oversights now more than ever!
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    The public should have access to information about who the experts advising federal agencies are, and how they are chosen. Because their position carries significant influence, all advisory committee and subcommittee members should comply with federal ethics laws and conflict of interest rules.
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