Here is Tuesday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- Senate Republicans have agreed to an earmark ban next Congress, while the House Republican conference will vote on the issue this week. (Wall Street Journal)($)
- The head of the American League of Lobbyists blasts the proposed House and Senate Republican earmark bans. (The Hill)
- The Republican transition team is surveying its party caucus for reform priority ideas. (Politico)
- Representative Charlie Rangel’s ethics trial concluded after only a day, with the adjudicatory subcommittee finding evidence beyond dispute. (New York Times)(National Journal)($)
- Representative Rangel was convicted by the panel of 11 of 12 charges and now faces sentencing by the full ethics committee. (Wall Street Journal)($)
- Senate Majority Leader Reid will expand Senator Schumer’s role in leadership next Congress. (Roll Call)($)
- Former Abramoff aide Kevin Ring was found guilty of public corruption by a federal jury. (Roll Call)($)
- Democratic-allied groups make a final push for their issues in the lame duck session before Republicans get to set the agenda. (The Hill)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 11/16:
Relevant bills introduced:
- S. 3939,A bill to reform earmarking and increase transparency and accountability for all expenditures authorized by Congress and all executive agencies of the Federal Government; to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
Transparency events scheduled for 11/16: