Morning Business: Ethical Revisions

Posted February 25, 2009 at 6:36pm

The Office of Congressional Ethics will hold a public hearing Friday to consider amendments to its internal rules and code of conduct.

[IMGCAP(1)]The board, led by its chairman and co-chairman — ex-Reps. David Skaggs (D-Colo.) and Porter Goss (R-Fla.), respectively — will meet at 11 a.m. in Room 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building.

The OCE approved its rules package at a late January hearing, but agreed to consider recommendations raised during a public comment session.

Among those proposals suggested by government reform advocates: The OCE should consider whether to limit contributions from board members to Congressional candidates or alternately require the automatic recusal of board members from inquiries into Members to whom they have donated funds.

The House established the OCE in early 2008 to review and recommend suspected rules violations to the full Committee on Standards of Official Conduct for investigations.