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Rhode Island Congressman Pushes For Congressional Mandatory Ethics Training06:02
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As a new session of Congress gets underway this week, there are many promises to put aside party politics, work across the aisle and get things done.

But some congressmen say a large part of the problem with Congress is an ethical one.

Rhode Island representative David Cicilline has filed a measure to try to instill a sense of ethical responsibility back into Congress, by requiring lawmakers take continuing ethics training.

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David Cicilline, Democratic U.S. congressman representing Rhode Island. He tweets @davidcicilline.

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The New York Times: Teach Congress A Lesson

  • "Over the last decade, Congress’s approval ratings have gone from bad to worse to outright terrible, dropping from about 40 percent at the end of 2004 to a meager 15 percent today, according to Gallup. The American people are frustrated with the gridlock and hyperpartisan atmosphere in Washington, but a large part of the problem is the perception that lawmakers believe the rules don’t apply to them."

This article was originally published on January 08, 2015.

This segment aired on January 8, 2015.

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