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The New York Times: They Must Be Doing Their Job

Jun 30, 2010
News Article

The good news from the House is that its new independent Office of Congressional Ethics is doing a strong enough job to prompt outcries from members whose behavior has come under scrutiny. The bad, if predictable, news is some of those lawmakers are trying to strip the office of its powers.

A resolution to bury the office’s investigative reports from public view and curtail its investigatory authority was filed this week by 20 members of the Black Caucus. Five caucus members were recently embarrassed by the office’s investigation of a Caribbean junket they took that was financed by corporate sponsors in violation of House rules.