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Republicans in the House shouldn’t undermine the Office of Congressional Ethics

The Office of Congressional Ethics was established in 2008 on the recommendation of a bipartisan task force. The GOP proposal blocks the office from hiring new staffers after a month and imposes term limits on the board. Three of four Democratic members of the eight-person board would be removed. The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) is the only House body that aggressively looks into potential insider trading. The current system makes it harder for politicians to cover for each other than it used to be. Members and staff are still entitled to due process, legal representation and other constitutional rights.