My answer to Has Office of Government Ethics director, Walter Shaub Jr,. done something wrong?
Answer by Ken Larson:
They have functioned admirably in their mission to monitor and report ethics violations in the functioning of our government. Naturally, as an independent and objective operation exerting oversight and compliance of Congress, they are not the most popular operation in Washington D.C.
“THE PROJECT ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT”
“House Republicans voted 119-74 to include an amendment from Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) in the rules package for the 115th Congress.
would have dramatically changed the Office of Congressional Ethics—effectively dismantling it. The Office of Congressional Ethics is an independent watchdog meant to root out corruption in Congress, created after the sent three Members of Congress to jail.
The proposed rule restricted the Office’s independence and power by placing it under the control of the House Ethics Committee, essentially allowing Congress to oversee itself and undermining the intended independence of the Office.
This move, done in secret on the first day of a new Congress, sends an ominous message and further weakens voters' confidence that Congress will do the right thing.
Thanks to quick action by POGO supporters and groups like Judicial Watch, Demand Progress, CREW, and Public Citizen, in addition to opposition from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and president-elect Donald Trump, the amendment was stripped from the final rules package approved today. In just an hour and a half, POGO’s army of good government advocates flooded House offices with hundreds of calls opposing the rule change.”