House reverses decision on control of ethics office

Courtesy: MGN Online

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first day of the 115th Congress, Tuesday, has seen an about-face by Republican House members.

They had voted behind closed doors yesterday to place the independent Office of Congressional Ethics under the control of lawmakers.

But amid criticism from Democrats -- and from president-elect Donald Trump -- they reversed that move Tuesday.

Lawmakers who had felt unfairly targeted by the ethics office had initially defied their own House GOP leaders by voting to gut that office. But after Trump weighed in, they backpedaled immediately.