Tiahrt Says Vote Based on Principal

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Congressman Todd Tiahrt says his vote against a change in House ethics rules was based on principle.

The Kansas Republican was on the losing side of Wednesday's 406-to-20 vote. The rest of the Kansas delegation, Republicans Jim Ryun and Jerry Moran and Democrat Dennis Moore, all voted with the majority.

The vote reversed new rules imposed on the House Ethics Committee by majority Republicans. Democrats charged the changes were intended to protect Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas.

GOP leaders said abandoning the new rules was the only way to
let the Ethics Committee get back to business.

A spokesman for Tiahrt says the Kansas congressman understood
his party's position, but still believes the new rules provided more fairness to members under investigation.