Nation: Awful Timing

Congressmen balk on ethics

One of the more interesting events in Congress last week was a vote that did not occur. At the last minute, House Speaker Tip O'Neill postponed action on a tough ethics bill for Representatives. He feared it might be drastically watered down by opponents. Explained O'Neill: "The timing was just awful."

House members wrote the new code of ethics into their rules more than a year ago, but legislation making it a law and extending it to the Executive and Judicial branches has been simmering in committee ever since. The code requires extensive disclosure by all Congressmen of their...

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