Republicans Set Their Sight on Changing the Office of Congressional Ethics

As the new session of Congress opens on Tuesday, House Republicans intend to alter the rules of the ethics office responsible for investigating legislators. As part of the House rules package agreed upon with members, incoming GOP leadership proposed changes to the OCE’s (Office of Congressional Ethics) board and the hiring of new personnel that might limit the office’s capacity to probe politicians. Under the proposed changes, the House Ethics Committee may accept complaints from the general public.