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Congress on Ethics

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The stench of scandal on Capitol Hill is getting stronger five months after lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to influence-peddling charges.

But a lobbying overhaul has yet to see the light of day.

The Senate passed its version at the end of March. and the House bill was approved in early May. In the month since, the House hasn't taken the next step by naming negotiators for talks with the Senate on a compromise bill.

In the meantime:
-- Democratic Congressman William Jefferson of Louisiana has yet
to explain how 90-thousand dollars in alleged bribery money ended
up in his freezer.
-- Republican Congressman Bob Ney of Ohio is under criminal
investigation for his ties with Abramoff.
-- Former Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas is resigning from
Congress this week. The Sugar Land Republican has been battered by
the guilty pleas of two former aides in the Abramoff probe and
faces trial himself in Texas on election-related money laundering
charges.


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