Republicans Drop Ethics Oversight Change

Republican leadership voted Monday to amend new House rules to restructure the Office of Congressional Ethics, a move critics said would gut it and put the "fox" in charge of the henhouse. But after President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that Congress should focus on other things than weakening ethics oversight, Republicans had a change of heart.

According to various reports, GOP leadership met Tuesday and dropped the controversial amendment from the rules package expected to be voted on later Tuesday.

“House Republicans showed their true colors last night, and reversing their plans to destroy the Office of Congressional Ethics will not obscure their clear contempt for ethics in the People’s House," Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said after the Republicans changed course. "Once again, the American people have seen the toxic dysfunction of a Republican House that will do anything to further their special interest agenda, thwart transparency and undermine the public trust."

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.