Speaker Hastert is rushing to implement new lobbying rules:
Hastert tasked House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) to head the GOP’s effort to draft new lobbying rules. The move comes months after House Democrats, led by Reps. Martin T. Meehan (Mass.) and Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), and Republican Rep. Christopher Shays (Conn.), unveiled proposals to mandate more disclosure of lobbying contacts, ban most lobbyist-sponsored trips and lengthen the time former House members and staff must wait before taking up lobbying.
“Over the past several months, I have spoken with many members about the need for such reforms. . . . Now is the time for action,” Hastert said in a statement.
Shorter Denny Hastert- “We couldn’t control ourselves under the old rules, so now we are going to try some new ones.”