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First Move by the New House Republican Majority: Scuttle Ethics and Accountability
Posted by: hal
Date: January 02, 2023 12:59PM
[www.citizen.org]

When the new Congress convenes tomorrow, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are set to vote on a rules package that guts the Office of Congressional Ethics. In response, Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist with Public Citizen, issued the following statement:

“Public Citizen is writing to the House leadership of both parties asking for a commitment once again to reauthorize the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) in the 118th Congress. OCE is a bipartisan ethics office that helps monitor and report on ethics issues involving members of Congress, and frequently makes its recommendations to the House Ethics Committee on a unanimous vote. It has a proven track record of enhancing transparency and enforcement of ethics rules and has gained widespread support among the American public.

“OCE has been reauthorized every Congress since its inception in 2008. We ask each and every Member commit to encouraging the smooth reauthorization of OCE once again in the next Congress.

Right now, it appears the Republican caucus tomorrow morning will vote to approve provisions that will gut OCE:

any member of the board currently serving a term in excess of the limitations of section 1(b)(6) of such resolution shall be considered as removed from the board; and
the provision regarding appointment and compensation of staff shall require an affirmative vote of at least 4 members of the board not later than 30 calendar days after the date of the adoption of this resolution.
“The first provision is designed to remove the long-standing Democrats from the board. The second is to make it difficult for OCE to staff its office. These are measures that will render the ethics office ineffectual and which no Member, from either party, should support.

“Today’s Republican party is rife with ethical transgressions. And it is now trying to make it much harder to hold members of Congress accountable to the standards of decency we expect.”
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Re: First Move by the New House Republican Majority: Scuttle Ethics and Accountability
Posted by: Acer
Date: January 02, 2023 01:41PM
Isn't this the party that perpetually runs on the Government Can't Be Trusted? If they can't be trusted to monitor themselves, then they should set up an independent watchdog.
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Re: First Move by the New House Republican Majority: Scuttle Ethics and Accountability
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: January 02, 2023 02:18PM
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Acer
Isn't this the party that perpetually runs on the Government Can't Be Trusted? If they can't be trusted to monitor themselves, then they should set up an independent watchdog.

Why would they do that?

As you say, they run on the "government can't be trusted" platform.

Making the government more trustworthy is antithetical to their political philosophy.



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Re: First Move by the New House Republican Majority: Scuttle Ethics and Accountability
Posted by: vision63
Date: January 02, 2023 02:30PM
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Tiangou
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Acer
Isn't this the party that perpetually runs on the Government Can't Be Trusted? If they can't be trusted to monitor themselves, then they should set up an independent watchdog.

Why would they do that?

As you say, they run on the "government can't be trusted" platform.

Making the government more trustworthy is antithetical to their political philosophy.

lol
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Re: First Move by the New House Republican Majority: Scuttle Ethics and Accountability
Posted by: GGD
Date: January 02, 2023 02:39PM
I'll bet George Santos will be in favor of it.
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Re: First Move by the New House Republican Majority: Scuttle Ethics and Accountability
Posted by: hal
Date: January 02, 2023 02:54PM
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GGD
I'll bet George Santos will be in favor of it.

after he competes in a triathlon and writes an award-winning children's book
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Re: First Move by the New House Republican Majority: Scuttle Ethics and Accountability
Posted by: Ted King
Date: January 02, 2023 03:08PM
The Republicans think that the totally corrupt Democratic Party and it's federal level elected representatives need to be held accountable for their evils - investigations!!! Why would they be against a committee that would help them hold all those corrupt Democrats accountable?



e pluribus unum
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Re: First Move by the New House Republican Majority: Scuttle Ethics and Accountability
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 02, 2023 03:12PM
Ethics? We don't need no stinkin' ethics!
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Re: First Move by the New House Republican Majority: Scuttle Ethics and Accountability
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 02, 2023 04:12PM
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Tiangou
Making the government more trustworthy is antithetical to their political philosophy.

Ding ding ding we have a winner!
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Re: First Move by the New House Republican Majority: Scuttle Ethics and Accountability
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: January 02, 2023 05:47PM
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btfc
Ethics? We don't need no stinkin' ethics!

Ethics are for suckers!
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Re: First Move by the New House Republican Majority: Scuttle Ethics and Accountability
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 03, 2023 09:15AM
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hal
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GGD
I'll bet George Santos will be in favor of it.

after he competes in a triathlon and writes an award-winning children's book

At the same time.



It is what it is.
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