COSTELLO STATEMENT ON OFFICE OF CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS VOTE
Washingon, D.C. -- Rep. Costello issued the following statement on the vote regarding the Office of Congressional Ethics:
"Many Republicans and Democrats feel that there needs to be bipartisan reforms to the Office of Congressional Ethics. However, I voted to strip those provisions from the rules package because, as we begin the new Congress, we should focus on maintaining credibility and transparency."
During consideration of the House Rules for the current 115th Congress, an amendment was offered during a conference of House Republican members by Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia. This amendment would have modified procedures for ethics reviews conducted by the OCE, among other changes.
Congressman Costello voted against this amendment during the House Republican Conference meeting, it was adopted by a vote and subsequently included as part of the House Rules package to be considered by the entire House on January 3rd, the first day of the 115th Congress. However, due to concerns that this amendment would limit the accountability and transparency of the OCE, the Goodlatte Amendment was removed, with Congressman Costello’s support, by an additional vote from the Rules package by the House Republican Conference.
As a result, on January 3rd, the full House voted to approve the final House Rules package, which renewed the OCE for the 115th Congress (2017-2018).