Republican plan to move oversight of ethics office reversed

Public outcry and objections directly from president-elect Donald Trump has uprooted a Republican plan to rename and move the independent watchdog committee that oversees allegations of wrongdoing by House members back under the leadership of its own members, the Washington Post reports.

Late Monday night, Republicans approved a proposal to change the name of the Office of Congressional Ethics, strip some of its powers and move it back under the oversight of the House Ethics Committee, which has previously been considered too lenient on lawmakers, the article notes.

However, just 19 hours later, lawmakers decided to scrap the plan, deciding to put off any discussions on an OCE overhaul until later this year, according to the article.

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Thu, Jan 5, 2017 Bob

Thank you Mr. Trump! now how about making these boys and girls stay in DC and work as many hours as the rest of us must do for a pay check.

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