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Rep. Steel Introduces GALA Act to Improve House Ethics Rules and Boost Transparency

September 21, 2021

Bill updates House Ethics rules for charity events, requires disclosure from Members of Congress

Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) announced the introduction of the Greater Accountability from Lawmakers for Americans (GALA) Act (H.Res.663), legislation which boosts transparency, accountability and improves ethics rules in Congress. The GALA Act updates current House Ethics Rules to require Members of Congress to disclose and explain why participation in an event is connected to official or representational duties when the market value of a ticket is greater than $1,000. For example, tickets for the Met Gala in New York City can cost up to $30,000 a ticket. This legislation would mirror existing disclosure requirements for members and staff that currently exist for legislative trips and travel.

“Updating these House Ethics rules will help keep members accountable to the people we serve. Greater transparency and accountability in Congress is something we should all be able to support,” said Rep. Steel.

The legislation was introduced after questions were raised about two members of Congress who attended the Met Gala. It sparked conversation - and ethics complaints - about what official events members of Congress should be required to disclose. 

The GALA Resolution currently has three original cosponsors, Reps. Bill Johnson (OH-6), Claudia Tenney (NY-22), and Ted Budd (NC-13).

Read the full text of the bill here