January 21, 2011

He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.
— Article II, Section 3- U.S. Constitution

In just a few days, President Obama will step onto the floor of the House and lay out his vision for America for the next year.

This is also a good time to reflect on the state of things at CREW. We have big challenges ahead as we look to build a better Washington. The House of Representatives recently reauthorized the OCE, but we must work hard to ensure the Ethics Committee takes up it’s referrals. The case against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) remains in shambles, and it is still an open question as to just how open Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) will be in his efforts at regulatory reform.

The challenges in the Senate remain equally daunting – where we’re facing secret holds, filibusters, and unaccountable senators with an affinity for prostitutes and sleeping with staff members. On President Obama’s end of Pennsylvania Avenue we are facing a Justice Department that seemingly refuses to prosecute ANY crooked member of Congress and a Federal Election Commission, which is becoming (if possible) a bigger joke each passing day.

One challenge CREW won’t face is the search for a new executive director. Melanie Sloan will remain. Melanie’s heart is with the organization she co-founded and has spent the past eight years building. She is excited to be working with the entire CREW team to continue building a better Washington.