Maybe That Wasn’t Such A Great Idea After All, Revisited

After the House Republican leadership decided to reverse the cover DeLay’s ass rule they implemented in November (see below), they’ve somewhat reversed themselves AGAIN…

The New York Times reported this morning that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives “enacted a change that would effectively dismiss a complaint in the event of a deadlock in the ethics committee”. Since the House Ethics Committee is equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, this means either party could effectively block any House ethics investigation against any of its members.

Although this could be used to block politically motivated ethics complaints, it could just as easily be used to block any legitimate investigation into questionable ethical practices. It sounds to me like the House Republicans backed off of their original rule change just enough to deflect criticism, while still retaining the ability to effectively block an investigation into charges of ethics violations.

Any comments?

– Artie See

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