ICYMI: Texas Republicans Get Caught Trying to Gut Congressional Ethics Watchdog

Republicans Farenthold and Sessions have no shame, Hurd and Culberson have no courage

Austin, TX -- In case you missed it, day one of the new congress went off the rails as Republican lawmakers got caught scheming how to line their own pockets.

What happened? The morning after House Republicans secretly voted to gut the independent congressional ethics office with no public warning, their plan was bipartisanly thwarted. [New York Times, January 3, 2017]  

But where were Texas Republicans? “Most of the Texas GOP members' offices were not immediately responsive to a Tribune request on where each fell on the matter at Monday night's secret vote.” [Texas Tribune, January 3, 2017]


The Lowlights: 

Will Hurd, R-Helotes: [crickets]

John Culberson, R-Houston: [nada]

Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, the subject of a 2014 sexual harassment ethics supports gutting the office, just not so quickly now that the public noticed. [Texas Tribune, January 3, 2017]

Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, had no shame, supported the move, and was one of the few Republicans to publicly defend the move. [Dallas Morning News, January 3, 2017]

Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia issued the following statement:

“While hardworking families are just looking to make an honest living and pay the mortgage, Texas Republicans were looking out for themselves. Their move was all about helping wealthy donors and people of power play by a different set of rules.

“Republicans Pete Sessions and Blake Farenthold had no shame supporting the move, and Will Hurd and John Culberson lack the courage to publicly stand against corruption. Gentlemen, you were elected to fight for Texas, not run and hide. 

“Texas Democrats know that no one is above the law.This latest Republican scheme was thwarted, but it foreshadows the corruption to come.”



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