House Republicans Pull Decision to Gut Ethics Office

House GOP leaders will now pull their proposal to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics.


CNN reports the decision comes less than two hours after President-elect Donald Trump criticized the move on Twitter. He tweeted that although the ethics office is "unfair," Congress shouldn't have made it their number one priority with more important issues like tax reform and healthcare.


On Monday, House Republicans voted to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. It was a 119-to-74 vote.

The New York Times reports there was no warning or debate prior to the vote.

The Washington Post reports the vote would rename the Office of Congressional Ethics as the Office of Congressional Complaint Review and places the OCE under the oversight of the House Ethics Committee, which is controlled by GOP leaders, according to NPR.


The Office of Congressional Ethics was established in 2008 in response to several corruption scandals, when the Democrats were in the majority.