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The Washington Post: Avoiding a Relapse

Nov 17, 2010
News Article
WITH BIPARTISANSHIP so rare, it ought to be a good sign when Republicans and Democrats agree on something. But that's not the case when it comes to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE)
, an independent entity set up two years ago, in the aftermath of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, to complement - and prod - the often-somnolent House ethics committee.
Trouble is, somnolence suits lawmakers just fine. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) commendably took the lead in establishing the new office, but members of both parties were unenthusiastic about a new ethics cop, and many would be delighted to see the OCE quietly disappear. That could be accomplished by simple inaction, if Republicans fail to include the office as part of the rules package to be adopted as the first order of business in the 112th Congress. Or it could be done through skillful legislative gutting, maintaining the shell of the office but further reducing its powers, as members of the Congressional Black Caucus have attempted to do. [READ MORE]