||[Jan. 4th, 2005|11:02 pm]
Clean The House: Government Ethics Watch
The post from earlier this morning mentioned how decent Tom DeLay was to ask the tougher rule on indictments and Republican leadership be reinstated. But what wasn't mentioned was that the House will adopt a new rule on how the Ethics committee will order an investigation. |
The Ethics committee has five Democrats and five Republicans as members. Investigations are instigated on a majority vote of the committee, or in case of a tie vote an investigation will also be undertaken. The tie-vote rule was changed today along a strict party line vote . Tie votes will mean the end of an ethics complaint.
Also, the House Speaker still has not decided on whether Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo.) will retain the chair of the House Ethics committee. There's nothing like leaving someone in limbo for while to help get them back in line.