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OCE renew ltr final – 9-4-14

OCE renew ltr final – 9-4-14

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September 2014
Hon.JohnBoehnerHon.NancyPelosiSpeakeroftheHouseHouseMinorityLeader1101LongworthHOB235CannonHOBWashington,DC20515Washington,DC20515
Hon.KevinMcCarthyHon.StenyHoyerHouseMajorityLeaderHouseMinorityWhip2421RayburnHOB1705LongworthHOBWashington,DC20515Washington,DC20515
DearSpeakerBoehner,LeaderPelosi,MajorityLeaderMcCarthyandMinorityWhipHoyer: are writing urge you publicly and expeditiously announce your intent continue the Office Congressional Ethics (OCE) for the 114th Congress. The OCE has amassed outstanding record bipartisan ethics enforcement and has significantly improved the House ethics process. While are aware that you will doubt hear from some skeptics both your caucuses who would prefer away with the OCE, urge you reject this short-sighted viewpoint which exactly the "above-the-law" attitude that helps fuel public distrust Congress whose approval levels have hit record lows. urge the bipartisan leadership the House release joint statement well advance the convening the next Congress which you confirm your joint intent reconstitute the Office and rename its Board next year. 
The OCE has played important role helping protect the integrity the House and its members. Not only has the Office established record fair investigations and bipartisan cooperation, has provided credible means for unfounded allegations violations Members and staff investigated and, warranted, dismissed. The public record shows that percent complaints that the OCE has received have either been dismissed closed before conclusion the process. Further, OCE reports that, the reviews that have resulted further referrals the Committee Ethics, are matter public record and reflect transparency not before seen the ethics process. 
The OCEs breadth public investigations includes questions surrounding earmarks, travel allowances, permissible uses legal expense funds, potential lobbying disclosure act violations, the combined efforts which has generated significant improvement legislative transparency. time historically low Congressional approval ratings, the OCE has continued receive positive reviews from both the public and the press publications diverse The Washington Times and The New York Times. While the Office would best served further strengthening, believe this juncture most important that the 
bipartisan leadership the House demonstrate your continued commitment the OCE 
and publicly commit its continued operation the next Congress. 

Sincerely,

CampaignLegalCenter
CitizensforResponsibilityandEthicsinWashington(CREW)
CommonCause
Democracy21
JudicialWatch
LeagueofWomenVoters
ThomasMann
NormOrnstein
PublicCitizen
ProjectonGovernmentOversight(POGO)
TheSunlightFoundation
TaxpayersforCommonSense
JamesThurber