The Congress: Smogbank on TheHill


The most persuasive defense offered by Connecticut's Thomas Dodd in fighting Senate censure was that his colleagues judged him by standards that are unwritten and unresolved. Having rejected that argument by condemning Dodd, the Senate nonetheless is under considerable public pressure to produce an ethics code that provides explicit guidelines for members' behavior—and to do it soon. "Such a code is mandatory," says Majority Leader Mike Mansfield. "We all suffered." Predicts perennial Watchdog John Williams of Delaware: "We'll do it before we go home." Many Senators realize that the Dodd affair and other cases have cast a moral...

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