Sending Office: Honorable Kathleen M. Rice
Cosponsor H.Res.1043 to prohibit Members from serving on corporate boards
Groups in support: Business for America, Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Government Accountability Institute, Issue One, League of Women Voters of the United States, MapLight, Project on Government Oversight (POGO), R Street Institute,
Stand Up Republic, Sunlight Foundation, Take Back Our Republic, Taxpayers for Common Sense
Cosponsors: Beyer, Brownley, Bustos, Clarke, Cohen, Crist, DeFazio, Esty, Fitzpatrick,
Gabbard, Gallagher, Garamendi, Grothman, Higgins, Jones,
Kilmer, Lance, Lofgren, Norton, O’Halleran, Peters, Reed, Rice, Rosen, Speier, Stefanik,
We have all been elected to serve our constituents and the public good. Our priority should always be focused on the interests of our districts and the American people. Unfortunately, recent indictments against sitting Members of Congress have eroded the
public’s trust in their leaders. We need to hold ourselves to a high standard of transparency and ethical accountability.
We have recently introduced a bill to bring the House in line with the same requirements that our colleagues in the Senate have had for years. This resolution would change the rules of the House to prohibit Members of Congress from serving on the board of
any publicly held or publicly regulated corporation, financial institution, or business entity. It goes one step further than the Senate by eliminating an exemption for boards that Members may have served on before their election to Congress.
By no means does this bill fix all of the ethical issues in the House or fully restore the faith of American citizens in Congress. But it is a common-sense measure that we can implement right away to prevent Members from putting their own personal business
interests in front of the needs of their constituents.
We urge you to join us in supporting this bipartisan resolution. Please contact Colleen Nguyen with Rep. Rice (Colleen.Nguyen@mail.house.gov) or Logan Hoover (Logan.Hoover@mail.house.gov)
with Rep. Reed if you have any questions or if you would like to cosponsor H. Res. 1043.
Kathleen M. Rice Tom Reed
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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