Hoyer, Sarbanes Outline Capitol Hill Reform Push
Two Maryland lawmakers are poised to play a leading role in a push to bring reform to the U.S. political system.... Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D), who is expected to serve as House majority leader in the new Congress, and Rep. John P. Sarbanes (D), chairman of the Democracy Reform Task Force, told reporters on Thursday that the public believes the system is rigged against them and is clamoring for change.... But Democrats are so determined to signal to a scandal-weary public they understand their concerns, they have made their reform package the first order of business — House Resolution 1.... “How do you make it a priority? You put it first on the agenda,” said Hoyer, who will be in charge of the House calendar in the new Congress. “This is a statement we want make about priorities and the importance of cleaning up government.” ... Added Sarbanes: “People are starved” for reform.