Virgil Goode on Ethics
Constitution Party Platform
"The Senators and Representatives ... shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution". - US Constitution, Article 6, Clause 3
With the advent of the 17th amendment, a vital check on Congress was removed. Since then, Congress has usurped power relatively unchecked, where today, very few members of Congress make it through a single session, without violating their oath of office to the Constitution.
The Congress of these United States has become an overpaid, overstaffed, self-serving institution. It confiscates taxpayer funds to finance exorbitant and unconstitutionally determined salaries, pensions, and perks. Most members of Congress have become more accountable to the Washington establishment than to the people in their home districts. Both houses of Congress are all too often unresponsive and irresponsible, arrogantly placing themselves above the very laws they enact, and beyond the control of the citizens they have sworn to represent and serve.
We seek to abolish Congressional pensions.
It is time for the American people to renew effective supervision of their public servants, to restore right standards and to take back the government. Congress must once again be accountable to the people and obedient to the Constitution, repealing all laws that delegate legislative powers to regulatory agencies, bureaucracies, private organizations, the Federal Reserve Board, international agencies, the President, and the judiciary.
The U.S. Constitution, as originally framed in Article I, Section 3, provided for U.S. Senators to be elected by state legislators. This provided the states direct representation in the legislative branch so as to deter the usurpation of powers that are Constitutionally reserved to the states or to the people.
The Seventeenth Amendment (providing for direct, popular election of U.S. Senators) took away from state governments their Constitutional role of indirect participation in the federal legislative process.
If we are to see a return to the states those powers, programs, and sources of revenue that the federal government has unconstitutionally taken away, then it is also vital that we repeal the Seventeenth Amendment and return to state legislatures the function of electing the U.S. Senate. In so doing, this would return the U.S. Senate to being a body that represents the legislatures of the several states on the federal level and, thus, a tremendously vital part of the designed checks and balances of power that our Constitution originally provided.
We support legislation to prohibit the attachment of unrelated riders to bills. Any amendments must fit within the scope and object of the original bill.
We support legislation to require that the Congressional Record contain an accurate record of proceedings. Members of Congress are not to be permitted to rewrite the speeches delivered during the course of debates, or other remarks offered from the floors of their respective houses; nor may any additional materials be inserted in the Record, except those referred to in the speaker's presentation and for which space is reserved.
Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007
In July of 2007, the House voted to pass the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 by a 411-8 margin. The legislation enacted ethics rules for Congress and lobbying. Virgil Goode voted in favor of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007.
Virgil Goode voted in favor of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007.
Rules Change on Earmarks
This resolution made a rules change that require all reported bills and conference reports considered in the House to include a list of earmarks and the name of the representative requesting each earmark. This applied not only to appropriations bills but also authorization and tax legislation. It passed by a margin of 245-171, but was not brought up for a vote in the Senate. Virgil Goode voted in favor of the resolution.
Virgil Goode voted in favor of the resolution.
Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act
This is a series of ethics reforms put forth by the Republicans in response to the newly elected Democratic majority. It was never brought up for a vote in the Senate. Virgil Goode voted in favor of the Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act.
Virgil Goode voted in favor of the Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act.
Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002
In 2002 Congress passed the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 which is better known by the names of its main sponsors John McCain and Russ Feingold. The legislation made changes to the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to limit the use of "soft money." It passed the House 240-189 in February of 2002. Virgil Goode voted against the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (McCain-Feingold).
Virgil Goode voted against the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (McCain-Feingold).
Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation
To amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to set a cap on allocated funds for earmarks.