The House GOP reversed course on Tuesday, deciding in a closed-door meeting to abandon a plan approved less than 24 hours earlier to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).
In an emergency conference meeting Tuesday morning, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) offered and the party approved a motion to restore the current OCE rules. The reversal came as members of Congress said their offices were flooded with calls from constituents angered by the decision.
House GOP now in closed door meeting. Rep Walter Jones R-NC says his office swamped with calls on ethics changes
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) January 3, 2017
“We have got just a tremendous number of calls to our office here and district offices concerned about this,” Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) said, according to Bloomberg News. Jones’ Communications Director Allison Tucker told ThinkProgress the congressman also received numerous emails and messages on Facebook from constituents.
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) January 3, 2017
— Deb Villella (@dvillella) January 3, 2017