House Republicans recently had a ‘secret’ meeting in an attempt to gut the ethics panel. But thanks to the American people, they were forced to reverse course and kill the motion.
According to the New York Times, House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail.
“Republicans should remember the strength of public outrage they faced in the space of 12 hours as they scheme to do lasting damage to the health and economic security of millions and millions of hard-working families,” said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a statement.
Pesoli also stated, “Republicans claim they want to ‘drain the swamp,’ but the night before the new Congress gets sworn in, the House GOP has eliminated the only independent ethics oversight of their actions. Evidently, ethics are the first casualty of the new Republican Congress.”
The Republican Party seems to have no sort of morality. Their attempt to dismantle the ethics committee before the first session of the new Congress has been stopped right in its tracks thanks to the outraged citizens of this country. But of course Donald Trump is going to try to take full credit because of his tweets against the actions taken by republicans.
But the truth of the matter is that it was the American citizens that made it possible. Thousands upon thousands of furious Americans barraged their offices with angry phone calls, forcing the House – for once – to actually listen to the constituents they ostensibly represent.