With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office

Eric Lipton, reporting for the New York Times:


 House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail.

The move to effectively kill the Office of Congressional Ethics was not made public until late Monday, when Representative Robert W. Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that the House Republican Conference had approved the change. There was no advance notice or debate on the measure.

This feels like a taste of things to come. Imagine the balls it takes for a party that just inherited both Congress and the White House to make it's first agenda item getting rid of an ethics committee. Hold on to your butts everybody, we are in for a wild 2017. 

Edit: Well. Well. After a reprimanding by the president-elect, it looks like the House will not be ousting the third party ethics office just yet

This is a healthy reminder that, if enough people think something our elected officials is doing is BS, they will cave every, single time.