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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.


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


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 segment aired on January 8, 2015.

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