The House GOP's ethics vote: What was all that about, anyway?

As Washington controversies go, the one over the Office of Congressional Ethics went by in the blink of an eye. So what was it really about? On the evening of Jan. 2, members of the House Republican Conference voted to change how the U.S. House of Representatives handles allegations of ethical misbehavior. The vote — done with essentially no advance discussion and behind closed doors on a holiday — was not proposed by the party’s leadership, but it won wide support among rank-and-file members. After controversy, they quickly reversed course the next day. The change would have placed the sole … >>More
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