In the minority for the first time, Yarmuth is one of only five Democrats chosen for this committee, which is officially charged with upholding the House of Representatives’ code of conduct, investigating violations and recommending penalties for breaches of House rules.
“I am honored to be given this great responsibility for the 112th Congress, which includes establishing and enforcing the official standards of conduct for the House of Representatives, and ensuring that every member is held accountable to the rules of the House,” Yarmuth said in a news release.
Last year, the panel made headline news when it voted to censure long-time Congressman Charlie Rangel, D-Ny., for 11 ethics violations. When Republicans took control of the House, their leadership said there would be a “zero-tolerance policy” on ethics violations, and the panel is expected to get its first test very soon.
Freshman Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) is being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for “alleged financial improprieties” related to his financial relationship with a dog track and a condominium he sold days after winning election to Congress. The Federal Election Commission is also looking into Rivera’s 2010 campaign finances, Politico reported.
A (Majority Leader Eric Cantor R-VA) spokesperson said, “Unlike Leader Pelosi and the previous majority, Eric has said that Republicans will have a ‘zero tolerance’ policy, and we are currently awaiting the results of the investigation in Florida.”
The appointment augments Yarmuth’s healthy role and comes in addition to assignments to the Budget Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.