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House Republicans Are Actually Not Going to Gut the Office of Congressional Ethics

On Monday evening in a secret vote, Republicans in the House of Representatives voted 119-74 to change the place of the independent Office of Congressional Ethics to be under oversight of the House Ethics Committee. This was unsurprisingly seen as members of Congress trying to take significant power away from the office that’s supposed to investigate them—not a great look. Within 24 hours, the House had reversed the measure.

 The Office was formed in 2008 in response to charges of corruption in Congress, and some people even ended up being sent to prison. According to Fox News and the Associated Press, House Republicans wanted to change things around so that members of congress would decide if accusations against their colleagues would be referred to law enforcement. This doesn’t seem like the most ethical plan, as you’re a lot less likely to say someone should be charged with corruption if they’re someone you know well and work with.

The initial vote was seen by many as a grim vision of how Washington will act in the new administration. But President-Elect Trump himself criticized the move, saying it wasn’t good prioritization on the part of Congress (notice he’s not mad because of what they did, just the order they did it in):  

Tuesday afternoon, in the wake of the intense backlash received for the proposal, the House decided to reverse the action. The New York Times called it an “embarrassing turnabout on the first day of business for the new Congress,” but at least they didn’t go through with destroying a necessary piece of government.

Starting out as a staff writer & visual contributor in the Spring of 2016, Christine soon became the replacement Campus Correspondent at Her Campus Savannah College of Art and Design for the 2016-17 school year. In January 2017, she facilitated the launch of the SCAD Atlanta branch's own editorial launch, apart from the Savannah campus, leading the team to win some 2017 Her Campus awards!  She is an illustrator and avid history lover, and she also served in the Army as an Analyst and went to Bethel Ministry School before attending SCAD.  Her goal, as an illustrator, writer and in life in general, is to mine life of the treasure contained within.  She loves to find and put on display ideas, people (portraiture) and beautiful things.  Valuable things that are all around us in our everyday life in the form of friends, coworkers, classmates, nature, even industry.  She loves music (even writing songs and performing!), dance and new adventures.   Eventually she plans to write and illustrate children's books, have her own business featuring greeting cards, paper products, and her own revolutionary online/physical editorial publication.  For more about Christine check out her website at www.christineburney.com.