Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 10:18
The Office of Congressional Ethics, created in 2008 after a series of scandals involving members of Congress, was designed to ensure accountability and transparency. Washington Republicans want it gone on Day 1.
MADISON - In a late night, private conference vote, Speaker Paul Ryan and Congressional Republicans voted to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent watchdog organization that oversees the behavior and actions of and investigates criminal conduct by members of Congress.
"In November's election, the voters made it clear that they wanted to end corruption and drain big money from our nation's politics. Instead of listening to the will of the people, Republicans decided their very first move would be to remove incredibly important oversight of their actions in Congress," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning on Tuesday. "This isn't draining the swamp. This is adding more sludge to a swamp already filled with influence from wealthy special interests and huge corporations."
The Office of Congressional Ethics, created in 2008 after a series of scandals involving members of Congress, is designed to ensure accountability and transparency in the U.S. Congress, and without it, members of Congress lack proper oversight.
"The American people are fed up with being sold promises to end corruption, only to see lawmakers do the exact opposite once they get into office. So, the question facing many Wisconsinites today is if any of our state's Republican lawmakers voted to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics," said Laning. "Wisconsinites deserve to know if Rep. Duffy, Rep. Sensenbrenner, Rep. Grothman, or Rep. Gallagher feel that they should not be accountable to their constituents and voted to remove important oversight of Congress."
President-elect Trump has talked about using nuclear weapons in Europe and against ISIS.
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Wisconsin Democratic legislators call on President-Elect Donald Trump to support an investigation into Russia's meddling with the presidential election during Tuesday press call. Leaders ask him to keep campaign promise to "Drain the Swamp" in making cabinet choices.
MADISON - Wisconsin Democrats Congresswomen and Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa called on President-Elect Donald Trump to support an investigation into Russia's meddling with the presidential election in a telephone press conference at 11:00 PM CT on Tuesday..
In addition, they will demand Trump honor his campaign promise to "drain the swamp." So far Donald Trump's cabinet choices and the actions of his Republican colleagues shows Trump has no interest in real change.
Just last week, house Republicans, under the leadership of Speaker Paul Ryan, shot down the Buy America Amendment of the Water Resources Development Act that would ensure United States water projects affiliated with the WRDA buy American steel and iron. If Donald Trump is serious about creating jobs here at home, he will denounce the actions of Speaker Ryan as he has done in the past and pick cabinet members who are focused on creating jobs in America, not abroad.
WisDems communications specialist Brandon Weathersby contributed to this article.