I saw some tweets about gutting the Ethics Committee and decided to investigate.
With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Hobble Independent Ethics Office
House Republicans, defying their top leaders, voted Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics…
I was unhappy. I kind of like not having corruption and getting more ethics. Here is a series of tweets about what the new rules would do and why they would be a bad change.
I copied them below to be easier to read.
“The new rules would make it much less effective. For example, let’s suppose that some congressman is systematically taking quid pro quo bribes. People are literally paying him to vote a certain way.
Under the current system, any staffer who suspects his boss of that can anonymously lodge a complaint with the Office of Govt Ethics.
The office in turn can decide what is prudent to reveal to both Congress and, via a spokesperson, to the public, and refer the matter to police or the Department of Justice if there’s substantial evidence of a crime.
Enter the new rules. How will they make things different?
Well, first of all under the new rules the staffer cannot submit a complaint anonymously, so would face retaliation.
Second of all, the ethics office now cannot communicate with the public. Can only communicate with Congress.
That means the only people who’ll know there’s a probe are people with a partisan motive to either hide or promote it. Muddies the waters.
Third (and perhaps worst) the ethics office cannot report anything to law enforcement, only to the House Ethics Committee.”
These are not good changes. After chatting about it with some friends I decided to call my rep.
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I used https://callyourrep.co/ (which is awesome by the way) and called.
I didn’t really know what to say, so when someone answered, I said “I would like to speak to someone about the Independant Ethics Office vote.”
A nice lady said “They actually just dropped that amendment from the vote.”
I said “Thanks! That is exactly what I wanted to hear.”
I know my call didn’t make a difference. They had already dropped it.
But I felt like I made a difference. And that is a powerful thing. I am going to be calling a lot in the future.