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House Republicans move to gut Office of Congressional Ethics – then reverse course

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On January 2, House Republicans voted to take away the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics – less than 24 hours later, after facing criticism from Democrats, Republicans and the President-Elect, they moved to reverse the plan.

The measure to strip the office of its power was led by establishment Republicans and was opposed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, as reported by Politico.

What is the Office of Congressional Ethics and is it valuable? Why did the GOP move to strip its power? What did we learn from this turn-around and what does this mean for the incoming administration?


Jessica Levinson, President of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission and a professor of law at Loyola Law School

Bre Payton, staff writer for The Federalist; she tweets @Bre_payton