United States House Committee on Ethics

United States House Committee On Ethics

United States House Committee on Ethics

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The Committee on Ethics, often known simply as the Ethics Committee, is one of the committees of the United States House of Representatives. Prior to the 112th Congress it was known as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

The House Ethics Committee has often received criticism. In response to criticism, the House created the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), an independent non-partisan entity established to monitor ethical conduct in the House.

Members, 112th Congress

The committee has an equal number of members from each party, unlike the rest of the committees, which are constituted with the majority of members and the committee chair coming from the party that controls the House. This even split has limited its power by giving either political party an effective veto over the actions of the committee.



Source:
  • Resolutions ( and ) electing members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.


Function

It has many functions, but they all revolve around the standards of ethical conduct for members of the House. Under this authority, it:

  • Agrees on a set of rules that regulate what behavior is considered ethical for members (rules relating to gifts, travel, campaign activities, treatment of staff, conflicts of......
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