January 21, 2006

TFCD Statement on Ethics Reforms

Following Governor Bredesen’s special session on ethics reform, and the discussion of ethics reform at our Nation’s Capitol, the Tennessee Federation of College Democrats released the following statement:

Nashville - The Tennessee Federation of College Democrats recognizes that America is at a very important point in our history. Politicians who abuse the sacred trust of the American people have become so prevalent and their greed has reached such depths that it can no longer be swept under the rug. Our federal and state governments are both in the middle of re-writing laws that have been shredded by greed. We must all insist that strict ethics laws are enacted by both our federal and state representatives.

The time is now to fix the problem.

The Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives has been convicted four times of ethics violations, and is under indictment for money laundering; the Majority Leader in the Senate, one of our Senators, is under investigation, both criminally and civilly; and for the first time in 135 years someone working in the White House has been indicted. Here at home in Tennessee, long-trusted elected officials sold our trust for a few thousand dollars.

This has to end.

“We believe that ethics reforms should be of highest standards,” said
Christy Holden, TFCD President. “Democrats are committed to making government once again open and honest.”

Democrats in Congress have proposed a plan to end business as usual in the nation’s capital. With their “Honest Leadership, Open Government” Act, Democrats pledge to:

  • Fix the gift and travel rules that allowed the Jack Abramoffs of the world to buy Republican influence in Congress,
  • Increase transparency and accountability in government,
  • Allow the public to see exactly what their elected representatives are doing in Washington , and
  • Close the revolving door between government and K Street lobbying firms.

“We will expose the deepest roots of the culture of corruption that has so pervasively strangled the Senate and House, and give the American people a government they can at last respect, because it will be a government that respects them,” said Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY). “And my friends, together America can do better, because America is better. We’re going to take our country back. And we throw the gauntlet down today.”