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Judicial Watch Calls Upon House to Retain Congressional Ethics Office

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Fight still looms over House ethics watchdog

From USA Today: Republican leaders have pledged to hash out a bipartisan agreement by August to address lawmakers’ concerns about the activities of the Office of Congressional Ethics. The House Ethics Committee, which has an equal number of Democratic and Republican lawmakers, will oversee the plan.

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A brief history of the House GOP’s failed ethics ploy

From CNN: On the eve of the 115th Congress, as Republicans prepared for the first time in a decade to assume almost unfettered control of the federal government, the House GOP voted in a closed-door meeting to decimate the chamber’s independent nonpartisan oversight office.

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House Republicans Humiliated; Reverse Plans to Gut House Ethics Oversight

From Breitbart: “The American people will see this latest push to undermine congressional ethics enforcement as shady and corrupt,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “The full House should seriously consider whether it wants to bear the brunt of public outrage and go through with the rule…

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The Latest: House adopts new rules package along party lines

From the Associated Press: The Republican-led House has adopted, largely along party lines, its rules package for the 115th Congress, with Democrats protesting a provision that includes fines for members who use electronic devices to take pictures or video from the House floor.

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House Fires at Ethics and Shoots Self

From The New York Times: The public protests over the House move to weaken the office were heartening. Even the conservative group Judicial Watch paused in its pursuit of Hillary Clinton to decry the Goodlatte proposal as a “poor way to begin draining the swamp.” The O.C.E. proposal has now…

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House Republicans cancel plan to dismantle ethics watchdog after backlash, opposition from Trump

From the New York Daily News: The sudden reversal came just hours after President-elect Donald Trump attacked House Republicans, questioning whether they should have prioritized gutting the independent, nonpartisan watchdog charged with keeping tabs on congressional ethics, and after severe blowback in the media that triggered heavy constituent calls

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Judicial Watch Calls Upon House to Retain Congressional Ethics Office

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton today made the following statement regarding the proposed change to House rules that would eliminate its Office of Congressional Ethics:  It is shameful that House Republicans are trying to destroy the Office of Congressional Ethics, the most significant ethics reform in Congress…

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

From 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.

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Obama’s closest adviser says president has been scandal-free

From the New York Post: “The president prides himself on the fact that his administration hasn’t had a scandal and he hasn’t done something to embarrass himself,” Jarrett said in an interview broadcast on CNN Sunday. The aide, also a close friend of Obama and his wife, Michelle, credited the…


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