Monday, January 2, 2017

Draining the Swamp; "House Republicans gut their own oversight"

"In one of their first moves of the new Congress, House Republicans have voted to gut their own independent ethics watchdog...

House Republicans adopted a proposal by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) to put the Office of Congressional Ethics under the jurisdiction of the House Ethics Committee.

The office currently has free rein, enabling investigators to pursue allegations and then recommend further action to the House Ethics Committee as they see fit.

Now, the office would be under the thumb of lawmakers themselves. The proposal also appears to limit the scope of the office’s work by barring them from considering anonymous tips against lawmakers. And it would stop the office from disclosing the findings of some of their investigations, as they currently do after the recommendations go to House Ethics..."

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/house-republicans-gut-their-own-oversight-233111
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