Pelosi Says Talks on Ethics Panel Continue

Posted July 17, 2008 at 11:56am

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that negotiations continue over the Office of Congressional Ethics — which remains vacant more than a week after it was permitted to begin work — and added that she expects to announce the board members “soon.”

“We’ve sat down a number of times on this subject,” Pelosi said in reference to House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).

“All the names have been exchanged,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel. “We’re working to finalize our arrangements with one individual on our list before they are made public.”

Each leader must nominate three board members and one alternate, and must also agree to the other leader’s selections.

House lawmakers established the new ethics office in March to review and recommend investigations to the full Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. The body is the first independent office to participate in the Congressional ethics process.