In a woeful signal to the new Congress, the House ethics committee has decided that when it comes to money and ethics, money nearly always wins.
The Office of Congressional Ethics, established by the House of Representatives, is an independent, non-partisan entity charged with receiving and reviewing allegations of misconduct concerning House Members and staff and, when appropriate, referring matters to the Committee on Ethics.
The House’s incoming Republican majority has wisely concluded the quasi-independent Office of Congressional Ethics better not be dismantled.
But the humiliating rebuke occurred only after a battle showing that too many members, including Rangel himself, seem indifferent to people's expectations that their elected representatives will adhere to a standard of conduct higher than "don't get caught in the act of stealing." Before the censure vote,