In Rep. Greg Waldens Republican response, he said the GOP is planning for a culture change in Washington, D.C.
“Too often, accountability counts for nothing, and transparency for even less, and common sense — well it’s an endangered species,” he said. “That’s why our leader, John Boehner, has pledged to run the House of Representatives differently than it’s been run in the past — by both parties.”
He noted the GOP Transition Team includes incoming Members who were elected on the mantra that they would come to the nation’s capital to change Congress. He also plugged the GOP move to begin installing cameras in the Rules Committee hearing room and other measures that would improve transparency in the legislative process.
“We’ve got the people’s business to do, and the people have the right to watch that business being done,” he said.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.