King: Reversing plan on Office of Congressional Ethics a mistake

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WASHINGTON (KCRG-TV9) -- Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King believes it was a bad idea to go back on a plan to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Rep. Steve King, (R-IA)

On Monday night, Congress voted in a closed-doors session to gut the organization. The OCE investigates ethical issues surrounding Senators and Representatives. By Tuesday afternoon, Congress had decided to reverse the original decision and keep the OCE in tact.

King, Iowa's 4th District Representative, told reporters he did not agree with what the organization does. He also said decisions made now in the early portion of the 115th Congress could have an impact on the rest of the year.

"If we can't fix that, if we don't have enough courage to do that, how are we going to get Obamacare repealed, how are we going to repeal Dodd-Frank, how are we going to rebuild our military? There's lots of big things to deal with here," said King.

King said it's unfair for the OCE to make its investigations public, forcing Congress to publicly defend those issues.