Leslie Cook

…And So It Begins

In In My Opinion..., Politics, Trump Apocalypse on January 3, 2017 at 12:15 pm

Happy 2017 to everyone!  I’m sorry that it’s been such a long time since my last post but it was a hard few months for everyone and I personally needed to clear my mind and figure out where I stand in the world.

With that said, I’m back and ready to tackle the issues at hand, or at least write about them.

Today’s Congressional Watch:

  • As one of its first acts, Republicans met in a closed-door meeting and voted 119-74 in favor of placing the independent Office of Congressional Ethics under the control of the……wait for it…..Congress!  This means that the “independent” Congressional Ethics committee would report directly to the people they are mandated to oversee.  That makes sense right?  Nothing to worry about.
    Oddly enough, the future president agrees with me… at least for the next 16 seconds. The House Speaker, Paul Ryan, however, believes that it’s a great idea for an independent watchdog committee to report to the people they’re watching.If you’d like more details on this crazy idea, check out the New York Times article .
  • But wait….looks like the House Republications have caved under pressure. They seemed to have pulled their proposal to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics.  It kills me to say this but it appears that the future president stopped them from being stupid. Who knew that would happen!

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