Congress Should Codify the Travel Laws for the Courts They’ve Yet to Codify for Themselves

In light of recent events, it’s not controversial to suggest that the Justices of the Supreme Court should follow more exacting rules on travel, gifts, and personal hospitality—say, the rules that members of Congress follow. But, as it turns out, many of the strictures that members of Congress have regarding acceptance of perks are not codified in federal law. Instead, they are found in the Standing Rules of the Senate and the Rules of the House of Representatives. The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 and Ethics Reform Act of 1989 authorize subagencies within each branch the authority to “to issue rules or regulations” for the acceptance of travel, gifts and personal hospitality. Yet—and this is key—while the congressional committees have endeavored to create stringent guidelines and lay out tough punishments, the federal judiciary has done neither.
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