Ethics Be Damned!
I have often stated that I think those elected officials in DC are worthless d/bags and they have proven it again.
The new Congress, the 115th, I believe will have a free ride on ethics….hiring weasels to guard the hen house….
Did the swamp just vote against drains? House Republicans bucked party leaders Monday night with a vote that the New York Times reports will hobble and “effectively kill” their independent ethics watchdog. Under a change that comes as part of a rules package for the 115th Congress, which will be sworn in Tuesday, the non-partisan Office of Congressional Ethics will be put under the control of the House Ethics Office, which is run by House lawmakers, giving them the final say in investigating allegations of their own misconduct, PBS reports. The watchdog, which will be renamed the Office of Congressional Complaint Review under the proposal, will no longer be able to receive anonymous tips or make its investigations public. The OCE was created in 2008 after a series of scandals, including the one that sent corrupt GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff to prison.
House Speaker Paul Ryan was among those warning against the proposal, which was adopted by a vote of 119 to 74. Politico reports that lawmakers from both parties had complained that the OCE had been too aggressive in its investigations, and the effort to defang it was led by Republicans who had been investigated by the body. The proposal, which Congress will vote on Tuesday afternoon, was criticized by other watchdog groups, as well as Democrats. “The Republicans claim they want to ‘drain the swamp,’ but the night before the new Congress gets sworn in, the House GOP has eliminated the only independent ethics oversight of their actions,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “Evidently, ethics are the first casualty of the new Republican Congress.”
Transparency be damned!
Now the Congress will police itself…..do you trust these toads to police themselves?
Update: As I was writing this post I got word that there seems to be a change in plans…..
House Republicans at an emergency conference meeting on Tuesday withdrew a proposal to gut an ethics watchdog.
The new Congress hadn’t even formally gaveled in on before GOP leaders held an emergency conference meeting to discuss the blowback against the party’s vote Monday evening to gut the chamber’s independent ethics watchdog.
Tuesday’s meeting came after President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHouse GOP scraps plan to gut ethics watchdog after emergency meeting It’s no longer business as usual for the stock market this year Dem senator praises Trump for knocking House ethics move MOREissued a series of tweets questioning the timing of the changes, which would have put the independent Office of Congressional Ethics under oversight of the House Ethics Committee.
Maybe someone is listening?
If so then it will be short lived.