In an unforced error, the House GOP quickly abandoned a rules change that would have stripped an independent ethics watchdog of power. “It was a stumble,” said Rep. Mark Sanford. “And, you know, probably not the way you want to start out.”
In a surprise vote, the GOP proposed major changes to the independent Office of Congressional Ethics on Monday night.
Amid criticism from Donald Trump, Democrats and ethics experts over their move to severely limit the Office of Congressional Ethics’ powers on day one, House Republicans unanimously voted to kill the amendment Tuesday.
The Washington state congresswoman is currently the No. 4 in GOP leadership and the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress.
Becerra will be the first Latino to serve in the position in California history and will replace incoming US Senator Kamala Harris.