Instead of the traditional watered down omnibus ethics legislation, reform is going to be introduced piece-by-piece with each part given its due in every aspect, including debate:
Under that plan, freshmen would offer, over as many as five days in January, separate amendments to ban gifts, meals and travel financed by lobbyists, said Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), incoming chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. New rules mandating the disclosure of all contacts with lobbyists would be another vote, as would a rule requiring that the sponsors of funding for home-state pet projects be identified. The House would also vote on whether to reinstate budget rules, known as pay-as-you-go, or "paygo," requiring that any new spending or tax cuts be offset by equal spending cuts or tax increases.
The Democrats will face opposition, including plenty from their own ranks, as they push through this legislation, but the time for it is now and compromise would be a grievous mistake. Americans need to know Congress is no longer for sale, and we are not willing to accept legislators' word that they're on the straight and narrow.