Earlier this week, I told you Congress quietly removed the requirement that representatives must publicly disclose free trips given to them as gifts. It was a depressing story because it was such an obvious sign of corruption.
House Ethics Committee Chairman Mike Conaway said Thursday that his panel would undo its controversial decision to delete the requirement that lawmakers list free trips they receive on their annual disclosure reports.
"We will reverse that decision," Conaway said during an appearance on a local radio talk show in his Texas district. "Heard first in Brownwood, Texas," the Republican told listeners, one of whom provided a recording to National Journal... Conaway, who had previously avoided any public comment on the matter, said there had been "no malicious intent" and declared Thursday, "It was a wrong decision and we're going to fix it."
That's a relief. It doesn't undo the years of weakening that campaign reform laws have suffered in this country, but it's at least a sign that politicians do understand that we're watching them.