Pelosi, Boehner announce task force on outside ethics panel

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) yesterday announced a bipartisan task force that will research and debate whether Congress should replace the largely feeble ethics committee process with an outside entity to police members of Congress.

The group will review the experiences of state legislatures as well as private organizations and businesses that have voluntarily handed ethics enforcement authority to outside entities and report to the House by May 1 on its findings.

Members of the eight-person group, chosen by Pelosi and Boehner, include: Democratic Reps. Michael Capuano (Mass.), Betty McCollum (Minn.), Marty Meehan (Mass.) and Bobby Scott (Va.), as well as GOP Reps. Dave Camp (Mich.), David Hobson (Ohio), Lamar Smith (Texas) and Todd Tiahrt (Kan.)