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Amanda Becker

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Amanda Becker covers ethics and investigations as a staff writer at Roll Call. Prior to joining the influence team, she wrote about law and lobbying for the Washington Post’s Capital Business and the business of law at the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

A Cincinnati native, Amanda is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School, where she received her master’s in journalism. She currently lives in the Petworth neighborhood of the District.

Becker no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Amanda Becker:

House Leaders Make Appointments to Keep Independent Ethics Board Running

Jan. 16, 2013

House leaders on Wednesday made eight appointments to the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics, enabling the independent fact-finding agency to continue its work in the 113th Congress.

Outside Groups Spent Big on Congressional Travel

Jan. 14, 2013

Outside groups spent more than $3.6 million last year to send members of Congress and staffers on trips to far-flung locations such as Indonesia, Israel, Ghana and Turkey, a figure that could increase as late filers submit their post-travel disclosure forms.

Corker Raises Questions About Hagel's 'Temperament'

Jan. 13, 2013

Sen. Bob Corker raised questions Sunday about former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s “temperament,” adding another element to the debate over President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next secretary of Defense.

Citing Flawed Process, Lawyers Call for Changes in Ethics Office Inquiries

Jan. 7, 2013

Attorneys who represent members during ethics proceedings say the process at the independent Office of Congressional Ethics is flawed and should be changed.

House Ethics Reviewed 96 Cases During 112th

Jan. 2, 2013

The House Ethics Committee maintained its pace during the 112th Congress, when it handled 96 separate investigative matters, empaneled two new investigative subcommittees and publicly reprimanded one House lawmaker for violating the chamber’s ethics rules.

House Ethics Ends Countrywide Loan Probe

Dec. 27, 2012

The House Ethics Committee on Thursday announced that it had ended its probe of whether lawmakers got preferential loan treatment by participating in the VIP program at Countrywide Financial Corp., concluding it did not have jurisdiction over any alleged violations that occurred.

House Ethics Amends Private Travel Rules

Dec. 27, 2012

The House Ethics Committee announced on Thursday that it has adopted new regulations for accepting privately financed congressional travel, including heightened disclosure requirements and earlier approval deadlines.

House Ethics Closes Gift Case Involving Meeks

Dec. 20, 2012

The House Ethics Committee said Thursday it had ended its investigation of whether a loan Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, D-N.Y., received from a personal friend was an impermissible gift due to lack of evidence.

Ethics Committee Finds Berkley Broke House Rules

Dec. 20, 2012

Outgoing Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., broke House rules, laws and standards of conduct related to conflicts of interest when members of her office assisted her husband’s medical practice with Veterans Affairs, Medicare and Medicaid claims, the House Ethics Committee announced late Thursday.

House Names Conaway as Ethics Chairman

Dec. 17, 2012

Rep. K. Michael Conaway will chair the House Ethics Committee during the 113th Congress, Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Monday. The four-term Texas Republican is a certified public accountant and has served on the committee since 2009.

Outside Groups Weigh In on Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Dec. 16, 2012

The Supreme Court’s Dec. 7 announcement that it will hear two cases related to same-sex marriage this term is expected to spur dozens of interested parties to file amicus curiae, or friend-of-the-court, briefs in the coming months.

House Ethics Confirms Cases of Owens, Schock

Dec. 14, 2012

The House Ethics Committee confirmed Friday that it has received cases related to Reps. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., and Aaron Schock, R-Ill., from the independent Office of Congressional Ethics.

Empty Ethics Posts Draw Critics' Ire

Dec. 11, 2012

Time is dwindling for House leaders to find and appoint candidates to fill at least four impending openings on the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics before year’s end so its investigative work can continue uninterrupted.

Supreme Court Will Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Dec. 7, 2012

The Supreme Court on Friday announced that it would hear two same-sex marriage cases before the end of its term: one related to a California ballot proposition and another related to the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Boxer Proposes Federal Standards for Polling Places

Dec. 5, 2012

Sen. Barbara Boxer on Wednesday became the latest lawmaker to introduce election reform legislation, proposing a plan aimed at shortening the long lines that greeted voters on Election Day.

McDermott Trip Sets Travel Record

Nov. 29, 2012

Rep. Jim McDermott and his senior legislative aide earlier this month traveled to Indonesia on what appears to be the most expensive privately financed trip based on per person costs since Congress amended its travel rules in 2007.

Treasurer to California Democrats Sentenced to 8 Years for Embezzlement

Nov. 28, 2012

The California campaign treasurer whose embezzlement scheme emptied the coffers of some of Congress’ most prominent Democrats was sentenced Wednesday to roughly eight years in prison by a federal judge in Sacramento.

Report Concludes Reyes Likely Misused Campaign Account

Nov. 28, 2012

The House Ethics Committee on Wednesday released a report prepared by an outside ethics office that concluded there was “substantial reason to believe” that departing Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, violated congressional rules or laws by hosting campaign events on House property and using campaign funds to pay for his daughter’s personal expenses.

House Ethics Circulates Advice on Holiday Gifts, Job Negotiations

Nov. 27, 2012

The House Ethics Committee circulated a memo Tuesday providing advice on holiday gifts and job negotiations for members and staffers.

Supreme Court Won't Hear Ex-Congressman's Bid to Vacate Bribery Conviction

Nov. 26, 2012

Former Rep. William J. Jefferson’s long-running legal battle to have his bribery conviction vacated ended Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal.

House Ethics Committee Confirms Probe of Grimm

Nov. 26, 2012

The House Ethics Committee confirmed Monday that it is examining whether Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., broke federal campaign finance laws, but the panel said it will put its inquiry on hold while the Justice Department conducts a related probe.

Senator Urges Republicans to Fill Election Commission Vacancies

Nov. 19, 2012

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., today called on Republican leaders to recommend nominees for a federal election agency that sat without a single commissioner, executive director or general counsel as voters encountered long lines, machine malfunctions and other problems on Election Day.

Democrats Propose Speeding Up Voting

Nov. 15, 2012

Efforts to improve election administration and address the long lines that greeted voters on Election Day shifted to Capitol Hill on Thursday as House and Senate lawmakers unveiled related bills.

Voting Problems Renew Efforts to Overhaul System

Nov. 13, 2012

Election experts and activists are calling for an overhaul of the voting system after hours-long lines, machine malfunctions and other obstacles plagued polling places around the country last week and in some cases delayed the results of races for days.

Congressional Ethics Inquiries Helped Sweep Some Lawmakers Out of Office

Nov. 13, 2012

Congressional ethics inquiries helped tank some lawmakers’ re-election bids and proved to be only minor annoyances in others, remaking the slate of open cases before the House Ethics Committee as it heads into the next Congress.

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