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Congress needs more ethics investigations



There have been plenty of ethics crises for members of the United States Congress. So it is ironic that one of the first orders of business for the new Congress is to make it harder for members of Congress to be investigated for possible bad behavior. As part of the rules package put forth by new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Congress has approved plans to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. The new rules will severely weaken the office’s ability to investigate members of Congress suspected of wrongdoing. The changes were made with support from La Crosse’s newest member of Congress, Derrick Van Orden, and newly elected Congressman George Santos who is already under investigation for inflating his resume to win election. The Office of Congressional Ethics has won praise from good government groups for rooting out and punishing unethical behavior by members of Congress. It is a quasi-independent body made up of former members of Congress which investigates complaints of misconduct and if warranted refers the matter to the House Ethics Committee, comprised equally of Republicans and Democrats. It seems with all the bad behavior we have seen from members of Congress, this body should be given more resources, not fewer.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Kent Porter

    January 12, 2023 at 10:05 am

    Scott , you must mean more ethics investigations into the Democratic party right ????

  2. Darin

    January 15, 2023 at 1:34 pm

    How dare you guys persecute a gay congressman! Don’t you know he’s in one of the Left’s “protected groups?”

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