Did Michigan Republicans Vote to Gut Office of Congressional Ethics?

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410; pkanan@michigandems.com

Did Michigan Republicans Vote to Gut Office of Congressional Ethics?House Republicans voted in secret to strip the oversight office of its independence

LANSING — Last night, in their first act of 2017, House Republicans voted in secret to strip the Office of Congressional Ethics of its independence and powers to combat corruption in Congress. The move would effectively kill the investigative body and grant lawmakers the internal power to conduct investigations of House members and employees who have been accused of violating laws, rules or congressional norms.

“It speaks volumes about the priorities of these Republican lawmakers that their first act of the new year was made in secret and designed to make Congress less transparent and allow for even more corruption to flourish,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “This was a decision made solely by House Republicans, behind closed doors, and the people of Michigan deserve to know which of their Republican representatives in Washington voted in support of it. If any of Michigan’s nine Republican representatives voted to betray the public’s trust and remove this necessary oversight, they should immediately come forward and explain why they feel transparency and accountability do not apply to them as members of Congress.”

The Sunlight Foundation is keeping a list of Republicans who have come forward with how they voted, which can be found here.


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