The swift calls of outrage over the behind the scenes deal came hard and heavy from a bipartisan cadre of voices but most notably were those on the right, pResident-elect Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and former Congressman Jack Abramoff, “whose felony crimes eventually helped lead to the creation of the independent Office of Congressional Ethics.”
In a series of two Tweets earlier today, Trump let House Republicans know he wasn’t happy with the last minute deal late yesterday.
Needless to say, the need to drop their plan to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics, leaves Republicans starting the 115th Congress with a bit of a blight on the first day of the new session. It took less than 24 hours for them to reverse course.
Voices from the left including members of Democratic leadership said “the proposed changes would run counter to Trump’s vows to rid the nation’s capital of corruption and other underhanded dealings.”
“Republicans claim they want to ‘drain the swamp,’ but the night before the new Congress gets sworn in, the House GOP has eliminated the only independent ethics oversight of their actions,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement. “Evidently, ethics are the first casualty of the new Republican Congress.”
On Facebook, longtime progressive activist and professor Zephyr Teachout posted that credit for the reversal by the House Republicans also belongs to the many thousands of people who called their Representatives to express their outrage:
Now that’s power–the Republicans just pulled the Amendment that was going to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics!
We think thousands of people called their reps, and hell, it made a big difference. Thank you SO much to all who called.
Vive La Résistance!