In Secret Vote, House Republicans Make it Easier for Big Business to Buy Them Off by Killing Office of Congressional Ethics

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: An avalanche of bad press on this move has forced the House republicans to backtrack on the plan.

The vote took place in secret, by anonymous ballot and behind closed doors, so it’s not possible to know which representatives approved of the measure.” Huffington Post

In a secret vote held by republicans in the House of Representative late yesterday, the Office of Congressional Ethics has been essentially neutered, giving the swamp critters a lot more leeway when it comes to committing crimes during their tenure. The new congress takes office today. The vote was 119-74.

Hillary Clinton should be proud of their proactive approach as it mirrors her own efforts at skirting potential accountability issues.

“The surprising vote came on the eve of the start of a new session of Congress, where emboldened Republicans are ready to push an ambitious agenda on everything from health care to infrastructure, issues that will be the subject of intense lobbying from corporate interests. The House Republicans’ move would take away both power and independence from an investigative body, and give lawmakers more control over internal inquiries.” Boston Globe

How ironic is it that the first act of the new congress is to kill off the office with the word “ethics” in it’s name?

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