Status quo in Washington

With so much learned from the recent presidential election in terms of what voters are demanding of government, do U.S. House Republicans really think they can bamboozle taxpayers and voters by gutting the independent Office of Congressional Ethics?

Are you kidding us?

It’s with great dismay to hear that GOP House members voted behind closed doors Monday to give lawmakers themselves ultimate control over the Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent body created in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers.

The office was created after several bribery and corruption scandals sent members to prison.

We’re relieved to hear the vote was repealed after President-election Donald Trump tweeted his disagreement over the move, and House Speaker Paul Ryan issued a statement arguing against the unilateral rules change.

“All members of Congress are required to earn the public’s trust every single day, and this House will hold members accountable to the people,” Ryan said.

A spokesman for the national League of Women Voters said the action would essentially cut the OCE’s authority to investigate allegations of corruption or other crimes.

The behind-closed-door vote makes us wonder if House members — and those in the Senate, too — will maintain a status quo of Washington politics.