WASHINGTON (CNN) - The chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Monday his party is committed to an ethical Congress, following the news that Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson has been indicted on 16 criminal counts related to corruption.
"We are keeping our pledge to make this the most open and ethical Congress, ending the 'culture of corruption' that prevailed under 12 years of Republican rule," DCCC Chairman Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said in a statement. "We are changing the way business in Washington is done by passing the strongest ethics rules in Congressional history and lobbying reform - breaking the tie between lobbyists and legislators."
"This is a tragedy for Mr. Jefferson's family, his constituents, and for the United States Congress," Van Hollen added. "For the good of the people of Louisiana's 2nd District, who have been through so much, we hope this matter is quickly resolved."
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney