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USA Today: Delayed Appointments Could Curb House Ethics Probes

Dec 5, 2012
News Article
WASHINGTON – An independent office created four years ago to police congressional behavior will lose its investigative powers unless House leaders move quickly to name new board members -- the latest potential threat to the watchdog office. The terms of four of the six members of the Office of Congressional Ethics' board are set to expire when the new Congress convenes in January. Neither House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, nor Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California has announced their replacements -- despite mounting pressure from outside congressional watchdogs to retain the office's powers. The office's investigators cannot start probes without board approval. [READ MORE]