Pelosi, Boehner announce task force on outside ethics panel

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election MORE (R-Ohio) yesterday announced a bipartisan task force that will research and debate whether Congress should replace the largely feeble ethics committee process with an outside entity to police members of Congress.

The group will review the experiences of state legislatures as well as private organizations and businesses that have voluntarily handed ethics enforcement authority to outside entities and report to the House by May 1 on its findings.

Members of the eight-person group, chosen by Pelosi and BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election MORE, include: Democratic Reps. Michael Capuano (Mass.), Betty McCollum (Minn.), Marty Meehan (Mass.) and Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottTop House, Senate Dems warn administration on short-term insurance Trump appointee at center of fight over religious freedom GAO report: Schools punish black students more severely MORE (Va.), as well as GOP Reps. Dave Camp (Mich.), David Hobson (Ohio), Lamar Smith (Texas) and Todd Tiahrt (Kan.)