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BREAKING NEWS: House Republicans reverse course, withdraw proposed ethics panel changes: spokeswoman for Paul Ryan

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 Ukshep    22,959

House Republicans backtracked on plans to abolish the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) after Democrats opposed to it found an unexpected ally in President-elect Donald Trump, who has urged his party to focus on “more important things.”

Plans to abolish the ethics office were included in rules changes the 115th Congress was expected to pass as it convened on Tuesday. Following backlash from both the Democrats and the president-elect, however, the Republican conference voted to drop the proposal with unanimous consent.

The revisions would have transformed the OCE into the ‘Office of Congressional Complaint Review’ and strip it of its ability to refer criminal cases to law enforcement, excepting anonymous tips from whistleblowers, or communicate with the general public. The newly neutered office would also be placed under the oversight of the House Ethics Committee, according to changes proposed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia).


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 majoga    429

House ethics committee... ::lmfao::

I've seen no evidence that OCE has ever accomplished anything meaningful.

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