Saturday, January 7, 2017

Make enough noise

There was a lot of news earlier this week about a secret GOP meeting to fold the independent Office of Congressional Ethics under the House Ethics Committee. The secret vote put the OCE change into the usual establishment of rules at the start of a new Congressional session. This change would have restricted the authority of the OCE, meaning ethics were whatever House members wanted them to be.

Also in the news was that there was such an outcry the OCE change was deleted from the overall establishment of rules. And this means, says Melissa McEwen of Shakesville, the GOP has confirmed that if we make enough noise they will back down.

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