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Republicans in the House are targeting ethics watchdogs once more.

The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) was established in 2008 after Democrats regained control of the House. The OCE is an independent body tasked with investigating complaints about sitting members of Congress. Both the OCE and the formal House Ethics Committee are bipartisan. In 2017, Republicans voted to subjugate the OCE to the House Ethics Committee. On Tuesday, Republicans again voted to subvert an independent ethics body. This time, the aim is to make it harder for OCE staff to do its work.