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Chairman of House Ethics Panel Could Lose Job

Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO) who currently chairs the House ethics panel is under fire from House Republicans for actually demanding ethical behavior of House members. Mr. Hefley's panel presided over two committee reports that where critical of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) last fall. Now Republicans are not only threatening to take their ball and go home, but also to change the rules.

From the New York Times
"In the wake of back-to-back ethics slaps at the House majority leader, Tom DeLay, House Republicans are preparing to make it more difficult to initiate ethics investigations and could remove the Republican chairman who presided over the admonishments of Mr. DeLay last fall.

A House leadership aide said a package of rules changes to be presented to the House when Congress convenes on Tuesday could include a plan that would require a majority vote of the ethics panel to pursue a formal investigation. Now, a deadlock on the panel, which is evenly split between parties, keeps a case pending. The possible change, the aide said, would mean that a tie vote would effectively dismiss the case."

Here is the really cute part, "The Washington Post reported Wednesday that a possible replacement for Mr. Hefley would be Representative Lamar Smith, Republican of Texas and a former member of the panel. Mr. Smith this year contributed $5,000 from his campaign account to Mr. DeLay's legal defense."

Isn't this the same bunch of hypocrites that wasted all of that time and money impeaching President Clinton for having sex?


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