"The Pelosi-Capuano proposal — particularly with the new 'tweaks' — is a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound," said Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio). "We need ethics reform with teeth, like Rep. Lamar Smith's [R-Texas] proposal, which will make certain that unethical Members of Congress face real investigation from real law enforcement, like the FBI."Under the alternative offered by Smith, who served as the top Republican on the ethics task force, the ethics committee would berequired to forward any investigation deadlocked for more than 90 daysto the Justice Department.Democrats dismissed GOP complaints, pointing out that the Republicanproposal was not introduced until last week, nearly three months afterCapuano authored their legislation."I think it is fair to say there has not been any bipartisan sort ofmeeting of the minds," Hoyer said. "For a number of reasons, essentially being that for a year we had this bipartisan committee and, unfortunately, the Republicans did not engage. Then the day ... of this bill coming to the floor, they put a proposal ... on the table."
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.