U.S. Congressman Ron Kind is calling for more government work in favor of the public interest instead of special interest. He's an original co-sponsor for the Special Interest Lobbying and Ethics Accountability Act.
The legislation seeks to require stricter lobbying disclosure measures, mandate a two year period between government and lobbying jobs and curb excesses in privately funded travel.
"We need greater accountability in government in both legislative and executive branch," says Kind. "We need the ability to conduct greater oversight to conduct hearings, move forward on investigations. Unfortunately in recent years that is not being done."
Kind says the Abramoff scandal is a recent example that may provide support for the legislation to improve ethics in Washington.
The bill currently has bi-partisan support from more than 80 cosponsors.