After initially voting to gut an independent congressional ethics board, the House Republicans have reversed their decision as President-elect Donald Trump sharply criticized the initiative. The House Republicans found themselves under fire in the first day of the 115th Congress as their Monday move was criticized by the Democrats and Donald trump himself. Tyler Law, the spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee explained the Monday voting as a “shameless way” to start the new Congress. The spokesman also called it a “shady” change of laws.
On Monday, the House Republicans voted to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics, an initiative that was taken in a rather secretive manner. Under the new proposal, the lawmakers were set to take over the control. The decision outraged many Democrats as well as Republicans including Donald Trump who will become the 45th President of the United States on January 20.
Donald Trump was highly vocal about the decision made by the House Republicans and criticized it on Twitter. The GOP leaders called an urgent meeting of the House Republicans shortly after where the lawmakers cast their votes to reverse the Monday move. The episode has given a glimpse of how Donald Trump is going to dictate terms over his party once he takes office which has significance considering the fact that the Republicans will take full control over the Congress during his tenure.