Re/ Ethics office accuses GOP of rushing Trump Cabinet confirmations (The Hill)
The frantic pace at which Congress is trying to push things through – from changes in ethics rules to repealing Obamacare without any plan for replacement other than an insistence that there will be one – speaks less of excitement over being back in power, and much more of fear that there is a very narrow window before people start asking to see what’s behind the curtain. If you’re going to delay the effect of repealing the ACA for up to 4 years anyway, why the rush to repeal it on day one? They should have 2 years to pass the repeal without needing any Democratic votes. So, why not take a beat to come up with a *plan* for replacement?
Why the rush to confirm these nominees before the ethics review has even been finished? And why is this important? If the ethics review isn’t complete, Senators can’t ask during the hearings about details that would come out and can’t take that information into account when making their decision. Trump shouldn’t want Cabinet members appointed only to have horrible conflicts of interest become public after the fact that paints his whole Administration as corrupt.
This is a concern for ALL citizens and should worry you regardless of how you voted. Those who voted for Trump in part because you thought the system was broken and needed shaking up and that no one in government could be trusted – you do realize that all those people in Congress that you didn’t trust before are still in Congress, right? Do you suddenly trust them now? If not, it’s time for you to start demanding to know what’s the rush. Why do they think the honeymoon will be so short. It’s still your right to know what’s behind that curtain.
In a letter to leading Senate Democrats, Walter Shaub, Jr., the ethics office director, said the busy hearing schedule had overwhelmed his office. He said it had not completed ethics screening reviews on several nominees, which he described as a concern. . .
“I am not aware of any occasion in the four decades since OGE was established when the Senate held a confirmation hearing before the nominee had completed the ethics review process,” he said.