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Tue Jan 3, 2017, 11:26 AM

Ryan Defends House GOP Vote To Weaken Ethics Watchdog

Source: Talking Points Memo

By CAITLIN MACNEAL Published JANUARY 3, 2017, 11:17 AM EDT

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday morning released a statement attempting to downplay the vote by House Republicans on Monday night to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics.

"After eight years of operation, many members believe the Office of Congressional Ethics is in need of reform to protect due process and ensure it is operating according to its stated mission. I want to make clear that this House will hold its members to the highest ethical standards and the Office will continue to operate independently to provide public accountability to Congress," Ryan said in a statement.

The House Republican Conference on Monday night passed changes to the way the Office of Congressional Ethics operates. The rules place the office under oversight of the House Ethics Committee and prevent the office staff from making statements separate from the House Ethics Committee. The rules changes also keep the office from investigating anonymous tips or referring probes to a prosecutor without permission from the House Ethics Committee. In his statement Ryan stressed that the Office of Congressional Ethics will remain an independent body and will not be controlled by the House Ethics Committee.

"The Office will continue to be governed by a bipartisan independent outside board with ultimate decision-making authority. The Office is still expected to take in complaints of wrongdoing from the public. It will still investigate them thoroughly and independently. And the outside board will still decide whether or not evidence exists to warrant a full investigation by the House Ethics Committee. With the amendment adopted last night, the bipartisan, evenly-divided House Ethics Committee will now have oversight of the complaints office," Ryan said.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/paul-ryan-office-ethics-defense

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 3, 2017, 11:29 AM

1. They've painted themselves into this corner - don't stop beating the drum on this issue

Lyin' Ryan never changes his smug puss

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 3, 2017, 11:31 AM

2. Spraying Old Spice on a turd...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 3, 2017, 11:35 AM

3. Lol. "Ah well! I am their leader, I really had to follow them!

―Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin

Word is that Ryan opposed gutting the ethics office as their first order of business. He had the notion that it might...gee, look bad. (As in, do it later.)

Promising start, Mr. Speaker.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 3, 2017, 11:37 AM

4. Ethics?

We don't need no steenkin' ethics.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 3, 2017, 12:19 PM

5. Breaking News: House GOP reverses course on gutting ethics panel

Source: Politico

UPDATE: Following a public outcry, and criticism from President-elect Donald Trump, House Republicans reversed course Tuesday on drastic changes to the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) offered a motion to restore the current OCE rules, and that was accepted by the GOP conference.


Leadership...

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 3, 2017, 01:09 PM

8. ...but to return to it again after the public is distracted by some other Red herring.

My question is with all of Ryan's talk about still, still, still, be ethical, be independent and on and on and on, WHY GUT IT IF IT'S STILL THE SAME AS IT WAS???

66 million of us are still here Ryan and we're not hoodwinked fools like the 63 million minority that voter your GOP asses into power, so FU!! Leave our government's safeguards intact!

We're watching you, you fcuking criminal!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 3, 2017, 12:51 PM

6. Mr Ryan will now do an amusing tap-dance...

... as they have suddenly reversed themselves. Then he can change his act again when they reverse the reversal.

-- Mal

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 3, 2017, 12:55 PM

7. Drumpf hates Ryan.......

and that has not changed. He will not let go along with Ryan just on anything unless it puts money directly in his pocket.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 3, 2017, 07:13 PM

9. This morning on CNBC

Ryan was telling us that the GOP has been busy for a whole year getting ready to fuck the U.S.A. in the ass with a splintery damage control plug.



And here we thought the last congress was a do-nothing bunch!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 3, 2017, 09:08 PM

10. I would like to know where the Democratic Congressman and women are with their own statements

 

I would like to know where the Democratic Congressman and women are with their own statements on this kind of stuff.

Is it out there and I cant see it? Does the press bother getting some comments from the other side?

How does that work.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 3, 2017, 11:48 PM

11. 'Mommy, mommy! Why is the Ethics Office always after the GOP!!'

Because as Willie Sutton put it, that's where the money is.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 4, 2017, 05:01 AM

12. Oh yeah? Why they'd back off then?

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