Tuesday, January 3, 2017

On eve of new session, GOP lawmakers betray Donald Trump's "drain the swamp" mantra by moving to dismantle independent oversight panel

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives didn't even wait for the new congressional session to begin before betraying President-elect Donald Trump's key promise "to drain the swamp" of political corruption.
"If the 115th Congress begins with rules amendments undermining OCE, it is setting itself up to be dogged by scandals and ethics issues for years and is returning the House to dark days when ethics violations were rampant and far too often tolerated." —Norman Eisen and Richard Painter, CREW
On Monday evening, in a closed-door party meeting, GOP lawmakers in the House voted overwhelmingly (119 to 74) to neutralize and reconfigure the Office of Congressional Ethics by stripping its independent authority and making it subservient to the very members of congress it was designed to oversee.
Though Trump himself has already showed (repeatedly) how the "drain the swamp" mantra was nothing more than empty campaign rhetoric, the Republican Party's decision to ditch independent oversight of themselves looked to many like an ominous way to kick off the New Year or the 115th Congress, whose members will be sworn in Tuesday. Read full post here 

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