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SHEPHERD STILL SEEKS REFORMS

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Karen Shepherd says she hasn't given up on several government-reform measures she supports and/or is co-sponsoring, even though there's little time left in the 103rd Congress.

Shepherd said she recently sent a letter to House Democratic leaders, urging them "to roll up their sleeves and get to work" on reform items like campaign finance reform, ban of lobbyists' gifts to lawmakers and congressional account-a-bil-ity.Both the House and Senate have passed campaign finance reform bills, but are deadlocked in conference committees over PAC limits. The lobbyist registration bill, which contains gift bans proposed by Shepherd, is also stalled in a conference committee. The House's congressional accountability bill is waiting Senate action.

"The days of special privileges are gone. These reforms are crucial if Congress is really intent on learning to live like the rest of America," said Shepherd.