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Honorable Tim Walz

Representing the 1st District of MINNESOTA

Walz Statement on Ethics Vetting for Cabinet Nominees

Jan 10, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Tim Walz (MN-01) released the following statement as Senate Republicans begin to move forward with scheduled confirmation hearings for Cabinet nominees, some of which have not completed the ethics review process:

“After House Republicans’ misguided effort last week to gut the U.S. House Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), Senate Republicans are following suit with their own attempt to thwart ethics in government. By proceeding with confirmation hearings for Cabinet nominees who have not yet completed their ethics review with the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), Senate Republicans are showing the American people that restoring faith and trust in government is not a top priority for them.

“As the author of the STOCK Act, I know firsthand the passion the American people have for ensuring their government officials act ethically. I am calling on Senate Republicans to postpone all confirmation hearings for any Cabinet nominee who has yet to finish their ethics review until they complete the process.”