Congressional ethics

Forget insider trading. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) may have violated House ethics rules

This op-ed originally appeared in The Hill. While Washington and social media are all atwitter over the STOCK Act and the confirmation hearing of Health and Human Services secretary nominee, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), it is a provision in the House ethics rules that should receive attention today. In the past 72 hours, questions have been raised about whether Price’s purchase of stock

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The little-noticed rule passed by House Republicans that damages ethics oversight

It was just last week that House Republicans tried to pass rules in the dead of night to weaken independent ethics oversight meant to police members of Congress. While the widespread public outcry on social media, television networks and burning through the Congressional telephone lines caused a temporary pullback of the rules, Republicans managed to weaken the office all the

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Victory! House Republicans reverse course on Office of Congressional Ethics

Following widespread public outcry, wall-to-wall news stories and balking by rank-and-file members of Congress, House Republicans reversed course just after noon today and scuttled proposed changes to the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. According to reports, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) offered a motion to restore the current Office of Congressional Ethics rules that was then accepted by the

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Eviscerating the Office of Congressional Ethics would be a blow to voters and lawmakers both.

Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement this morning: Today, Congress will vote on a new rules package that includes a proposal – inserted in secret last night – to gut the independent watchdog that oversees congressional ethics. “Acting in the literal dark of night while Congress was not in session, Speaker Ryan

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It’s time for Congress to update its own ethics laws

In a recent interview with Capitol Bells, Issue One’s Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee made the case that recent accusations and cases of conflicts of interest on Capitol Hill should lead the 115th Congress to update its existing ethics laws. — Meredith McGehee implores Congress to Update its Own Ethics Laws I’m Meredith McGehee, Chief of Policy, Programs,

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Victory for ethics

Watch out: Congress cares about ethics! Well, today at least. A coalition of a dozen watchdog organizations, led by the Campaign Legal Center and including Issue One, rallied quickly to defend the Office of Congressional Ethics following a proposed cut to the agency’s budget. This was the second time New Mexico Republican Representative Steve Pearce targeted the Office since it

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Congress spent almost as much to study monkeys as it spent on its own ethics office

Republicans and Democrats agree on very little, but you’ll hear both parties decry government waste, fraud and abuse on the campaign trail. So where did Congress first look to save money? Their own Office of Congressional Ethics that holds members, officers and their staff accountable to taxpayers. Even worse, Congress approved spending nearly as much to study monkeys on treadmills ($1

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Speaker Ryan, bring ethics back to Congress

Mr. Speaker, it’s been a year. In 2015, former Representative Porter Goss (R-FL) announced he was stepping down as co-chair of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) after serving for more than seven years. That left the independent ethics review board in the House unbalanced. (Full disclosure: Rep. Goss, who also served as CIA Director under President George W. Bush,

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