Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Republicans Vote Down Return to Ethics Investigation

Yesterday, Republicans voted down a resolution proposed by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California to create a bipartisan task force to make recommendations to restore confidence in the ethics process, but Republicans tabled the measure 223-194.

Recently, Republicans single handily changed the Ethics Committee rules so violations can only be investigated if a member of the other party also is willing to investigate the allegation. Prior to this rule change, if the committee was split, there was automatically an investigation opened. This ensured that partisan politics did not get in the way of the commencement of an investigation. Now, if the committee is split, there is no investigation. This measure was enacted to protect the Republican 2nd in command, Tom Delay, who was admonished 3 times in as many months prior to the rule change.

1 comment:

Boomr said...

This is just infuriating. How can they be so blatantly protective of unethical elected officials and still call themselves "representatives?"

Are congressional ethics rules criminal laws (i.e., can someone go to jail for violating them)? [I'm truly asking, 'cause I don't know.] If so, then the new "ethics" rules amount to obstruction of justice and various other prohibitions on protecting criminal conduct. It's institutionalized corruption, and I'm fed up with it.

I'm usually all for listening to others' opinions and at least giving them some thought before I respond to them. But if so-called neo-cons out there don't crucify their own party members for this, then they deserve no respect at all. Anyone advocating or supporting such one-sided ethics rules is clearly in the battle solely for the sake of battling -- they want to WIN, not LEGISLATE.

It's unbelievable that they would rather protect DeLay than focus on other more important issues.