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Congressman Pittenger applauds House GOP decision to drop Ethics Office Overhaul

WASHINGTON – This morning, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) publicly recommended that proposed reforms to the Office of Congressional Ethics be considered through regular, bipartisan legislation in lieu of a rule change.


Congressman Pittenger had this comment after the House Republican Conference voted to drop the proposed rule change:


“Both Republicans and Democrats have called for changes to the Office of Congressional Ethics.  Both Republicans and Democrats have complained about a lack of due process and called the OCE ‘redundant and duplicative.”  Reforms are necessary. 


“However, when dealing with Ethics, transparency and openness and regular order are vital.  My hope is reforms will now move forward via bipartisan legislation which addresses the due process concerns while maintaining an independent system for receiving and investigating complaints against Members of Congress and their staff.”

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