Republicans Promise to Change Washington

Feb 18, 2010 5:02pm

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: What does not change in Washington promises to change Washington. When Democrats took control of Congress, the new House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, promised to "drain the swamp" and usher in a new era of transparency. Harry Reid, the new Senate Majority leader promised transparency too. He pledged that there would be open conferences to reconcile House and Senate bills. They were going to change the way Washington worked. The process proved difficult for both, despite passage of new ethics rules in 2007. The job was sufficiently incomplete that Barack Obama ran on a platform of change and transparency too. Now that Democrats have been in charge of the entire federal government for a little over a year, Republicans are pulling those pledges, nearly verbatim, for their own campaign platform. Here is House Minority Leader John Boehner speaking to the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC): "I pledge to you right here right now that were going to run the house differently," Boehner said. "We will be open, we will be transparent, and we will listen," said Boehner, promising to make bills more accessible to the public before they are voted on.

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