Ethics” isn’t usually a word you hear in a discussion about the working of the government, but yes indeed, our government has an Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).
There was no shortage of headlines that House Republicans voted on Monday to “eviscerate” the OCE. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed Republicans had “eliminated” the oversight body, which she claimed was a violation of Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp.”
Even Trump expressed outrage at the timing of it all. “With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it … may be, their number one act and priority. Focus on tax reform, healthcare and so many other things of far greater importance! #DTS,” Trump said over two consecutive tweets.
And guess what? The GOP listened. As Russia Today reported:
House Republicans backtracked on plans to abolish the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) after Democrats opposed to it found an unexpected ally in President-elect Donald Trump, who has urged his party to focus on “more important things.”
Plans to abolish the ethics office were included in rules changes the 115th Congress was expected to pass as it convened on Tuesday. Following backlash from both the Democrats and the president-elect, however, the Republican conference called an emergency meeting and voted to drop the proposal with unanimous consent.
It’s a positive sign that they complied with Trump’s comments, as it goes to prove that they’re not going to obstruct him like many had worried. He did have a shortage of endorsements from those in Congress relative to the other Republican presidential candidates, after all.
There’s just weeks until Trump takes office, and the Congress is already preparing to have an ObamaCare repeal bill on his desk on day one – and Trump has vowed to sign it. For the first time in eight years we’ll finally have a government that works together.