Biden has yet to meet certain ethics commitments
WASHINGTON — Joe Biden pledged during his presidential campaign to overhaul the country’s ethics and campaign finance laws, promising to usher in a new era of open government.
Six months into his presidency, Mr. Biden has been unable to keep many of his promises.
As a candidate, Biden said he would push legislation to establish a new Federal Ethics Commission and propose a constitutional amendment requiring candidates for federal office to fund their campaigns only with public funds, out of which l administration did not act.
Sprawling Democrat-backed legislation that would overhaul the country’s campaign finance laws in another way has stalled in Congress due to Republican opposition and resistance from moderates in the president’s own party to repeal filibustering, which would allow the bill to move forward without the GOP votes.
White House officials said the president remained committed to the proposals he put forward during the campaign, adding that they were in talks with Capitol Hill on ways to take them forward. “The president has set the highest ethical standards of any administration in American history,” White House spokesman Andrew Bates said.