The Washington Post called this bill a ruse, House Democrats call it a sham, and for the American people, it's a shame. When the energy companies write the energy bill, we have gasoline that costs $3 a gallon; when pharmaceutical companies write the Medicare prescription drug bill, we have a bill full of giveaways to cronies, but nothing for America's seniors; when lobbyists write the lobbying reform bill, we end up with a ruse that winks at reform and does nothing to curtail the culture of corruption.

Democrats offered real reform legislation and Republicans voted it down. It is clear that Republicans don't want to end the culture of corruption because they continue to benefit from it.