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Congressman Denny Heck

Representing the 10th District of Washington

Congressman Denny Heck statement on proposed elimination of the independent Office of Congressional Ethics

Jan 3, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.) released a statement calling on Members of Congress to reject H. Res. 5, House Rules Package for 115th Congress that strips the Office of Congressional Ethics of its independence and ability to investigate Members of Congress:

“We earn the people’s trust by ensuring that every member of this body respects the duties of the office and exercises their responsibilities with the highest set of standards. The Office of Congressional Ethics has proven to be an important independent body in the nine years since it was determined that oversight was needed. I encourage both Democrats and Republicans to come together in a bipartisan fashion to reject any rules package that includes the elimination of the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. Speaker Ryan and House Republican leadership have shown a willingness to stand by this important office, and Democratic Leader Pelosi has added her support as well. Just like in the last Congress, I hope the reasonable voices in the majority can overcome the loud voices that make up a small subset of the House of Representatives.”