US House adopts Rep. Cicilline’s plan for ethics training

Congressman David Cicilline after voting on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018. File photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Congressman David Cicilline says the U.S. House of Representatives has adopted his proposal to require ethics training for lawmakers.

The Rhode Island Democrat says the House adopted a rules package Thursday, which included three of his proposals, to set terms of debate and day-to-day operations in the chamber for the next two years.

Democrats took majority control of the House at the opening of the 116th Congress.

Cicilline says the rules include his “commonsense ideas” to require House members to undergo annual ethics training, and to preclude them from serving on corporate boards.

The rules package also included anti-discrimination protections authored by Cicilline to ensure that LGBT House employees are treated equally in the workplace.

He says he has tried to get legislation passed to require ethics training for five years.