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Cleaning congressional ethics 'a noble goal,' Snow says

President Bush’s White House spokesman is endorsing the goal of a higher ethical standard for Congress.

In a press briefing yesterday, Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House, asked about the issue, which has been the news repeatedly in recent weeks.

“Speaker-elect Pelosi has announced that she will be speaker of what she termed, and this is a quote, ‘The most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history.’ My question: Did the President agree with Mrs. Pelosi’s announcement, in view of the re-election of Democrat Congressmen Jefferson, Hastings, McDermott, Murtha, and Mollohan?” Kinsolving asked.

“I think – look, she’s got a noble goal. Let’s hope she succeeds,” was Snow’s response.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, C-Calif., will be leading a U.S. House featuring those representatives, who all have faced allegations of improprieties during their political careers:

Since Democrats garnered enough votes in November to move into the majority in the U.S. House, Pelosi has been preaching about a new ethical standard, and has proposed a special panel to consider the creation of an independent body to oversea House ethics rules.

But she also has endured criticism for, among other issues, backing Murtha as her second-in-command in the House.

In a second question, Kinsolving asked about a report that the president has delayed for six more months the plan approved by Congress in 1995 to transfer the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“And my question: In how many other countries of the world do we refuse to have our embassy in their capital, but in another city which resembles Israel locating their embassy in Baltimore?” he asked.

“I’m aware of none,” Snow said.

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