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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-30-12 09:09 AM
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2. Remember when Pelosi promised to drain the swamp? Most assumed she meant crooked Republicans?
Who knew it would be members of the House Progressive Caucus, like Rangel and Waters?

The committee has a long history; the first matter it handled was on January 30, 1798, when Rep. Matthew Lyon of Vermont was accused of "gross indecency" after he spat on Rep. Roger Griswold of Connecticut after an exchange of insults (a week later, another complaint was filed against Lyon, this time for "gross indecency of language in his defense before this House"). Since the early days of the House, the Committee's reports have gotten much more technical, delving into the details of campaign finance and other financial arcana.

More recently, during the rise of Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff, there was pressure on the Ethics Committee to take action to admonish members involved in their activities. However, action was slow and blame pointed to then-Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. When the Committee did admonish Tom DeLay for a third time, Hastert fired three Republicans from the panel, including chairman Joel Hefley. The new chairman, Doc Hastings, acted to rein in the panel, leading to a Democratic boycott and preventing a quorum. The stalemate lasted three months until Hastings backed down, but the committee was left broken and unable to take action in the DeLay case, the full Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal, or other cases such as that of Democrat Jim McDermott.<6><7><8>

In 2010, the committee convicted Charles Rangel on 11 charges of misconduct and recommended that he be censured.

Waters was exonerated.

Not saying that they did not warrant investigating, but that seemed somewhat selective.

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