Tuesday, January 3, 2017

House Republicans Back Down on Bid to Gut Ethics Office; New York Times, 1/3/17

Eric Lipton and Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times; House Republicans Back Down on Bid to Gut Ethics Office:

"House Republicans, facing a storm of bipartisan criticism, including from President-elect Donald J. Trump, moved early Tuesday afternoon to reverse their plan to kill the Office of Congressional Ethics. It was an embarrassing turnabout on the first day of business for the new Congress, a day when party leaders were hoping for a show of force to reverse policies of the Obama administration.

The reversal came less than 24 hours after House Republicans, meeting in a secret session, voted, over the objections of Speaker Paul D. Ryan, to eliminate the independent ethics office, created in 2009 in the aftermath of a series of scandals involving House lawmakers, including three that were sent to jail."

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