House Republicans voted overwhelmingly on Monday night to eliminate Congress’ outside ethics watchdog and put it, basically under it’s own control. The 119-74 vote, proposed by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), places the Ethics Committee under the control of the very same lawmakers it’s meant to be keeping in check. The Office of Congressional Ethics was set up in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct against lawmakers.
UPDATE: In a closed-door emergency Tuesday morning, House Republicans reversed this proposal. The measure was withdrawn by unanimous vote following a public outcry. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) offered up the motion to pull the proposal.