The Republicans in the US House of Representatives on Monday backed down from a plan to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics.
The move was spearheaded by Republican representatives, some of whom are under investigation by the committee. Its backers then withdrew the changes introduced to a broader rules package after condemnation from Democrats, Republicans, and President-elect Donald Trump.
With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017
........may be, their number one act and priority. Focus on tax reform, healthcare and so many other things of far greater importance! #DTS— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017
It came as House members convened for the first session of Congress. The first act of the House of Representatives was to propose a repeal of President Obama's landmark legislation, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
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