NYPOST by AP --
House Republicans on Monday voted to eviscerate the Office of
Congressional Ethics, the independent body created in 2008 to
investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers after several bribery
and corruption scandals sent members to prison.
The ethics change, which prompted an outcry from Democrats and
government watchdog groups, is part of a rules package that the full
House will vote on Tuesday. The package also includes a means for
Republican leaders to punish lawmakers if there is a repeat of the
Democratic sit-in last summer over gun control.
Under the ethics change pushed by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., the
non-partisan Office of Congressional Ethics would fall under the control
of the House Ethics Committee, which is run by lawmakers.