While Defying Top Leadership and With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Hobble Independent Ethics Office

While Defying Top Leadership and With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Hobble Independent Ethics Office

In its place, a new Office of Congressional Complaint Review would be set up within the House Ethics Committee, which before the creation of the Office of Congressional Ethics had been accused of ignoring credible allegations of wrongdoing by lawmakers.  Read more from the New York Times here.

As a GOP-controlled house moves toward hobbling the Independent Ethics Office, how will this affect the actions of various house members going forward?  For what purpose did the Republicans move to make this change in the new 2017 congressional year?  Does this strengthen your trust in congressional leaders and what else can the house do to ensure that all members conduct themselves in an ethical manner?

January 3, 2017 Update: 

Following a public outcry, and criticism from President-elect Donald Trump, House Republicans reversed course Tuesday on drastic changes to the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) offered a motion to restore the current OCE rules, and that was accepted by the GOP conference.  Read more from Politico here. 

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