Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Make Congress Great Again

The House Republicans were busy last night. They “voted 199-74 in favor of a proposal that would gut Congress' outside ethics watchdog and remove its independence” according to CNN and other sources.


If this is how they prepare for a new session of Congress with their party controlling both the House and Senate and the Presidency, you have to wonder what they are worried about.

The last time the Republicans had control of everything they gave us the K Street lobbying scandal. If you are not familiar with that, Google it and read up on it. There’s a lot there and it’s worth learning about.

So what do they have in mind this time? Is this how they prepare themselves for working with Donald Trump when he assumes the Presidency on January 20th?

Norman Eisen and Richard Painter, of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit watchdog group said the ethics office "has played a critical role in seeing that the congressional ethics process is no longer viewed as merely a means to sweep problems under the rug."

"If the 115th Congress begins with rules amendments undermining (the ethics office), 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," they said in a Monday night statement.

Holy Moly!

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