The much touted U.S. Congress Ethics Reform Law has not ended free travel, dubious projects called “earmarks” paid for by taxpayers, and other items which were cited as part of “the Republican culture of corruption” before the 2006 election…Now, over a year later, lawmakers still can accept two nights in luxury hotels from lobbyists, free travel to get there, and make multiple airline reservations which can be cancelled without penalty…The House and Senate Ethics Committees are made up of lawmakers whose investigations move like glaciers, according to USA Today…The Senate voted 71 to 27 to reject even a proposed Senate Office of Public Integrity.
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