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Republicans Blast Democrats' Effort to Boost Ethics in Government

February 06, 2019 / Eric Katz

Republican lawmakers on Wednesday condemned a Democratic bill that includes vast new oversight to ensure ethical behavior by federal employees, though their criticism focused primarily on other provisions of the sweeping reform package rather than those aimed at the civil service. Much of the commentary on the parts of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) concerning the federal workforce were positive, especially from the ethics and good-government experts who delivered testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. While the hearing was aimed specifically at examining those provisions, large portions of the debate broke down over political allegations about perceived hidden intentions.