An emergency House GOP caucus meeting was called Tuesday morning, not long after President-elect Donald Trump criticize the timing of the move to overhaul ethics office, but nonetheless called the office "unfair." Monday's vote on the changes was by secret ballot so it was unclear who exactly was opposed to the provision. It was reportedly passed, however, despite warnings from House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
By Tuesday morning, some Republicans were already signaling their intention to vote against the entire rules package due to the overhaul of the ethics office.
As they emerged from Tuesday's meeting, some GOP lawmakers, while confirming the language had been stripped from the Rules package, nonetheless continued to voice their frustration with the Office of Congressional Ethics.
"I'm for this: abolish it entirely," Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told reporters after Tuesday's meeting. He added that the plan was now to "go to work on it" in a bipartisan fashion.
Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) said there are as many Democrats as Republicans would want to see some oversight on OCE. He expected The House Ethics committee to work together and come up with a bipartisan proposal he hoped would be ready before the August recess.
Simpson said those who didn't listen to leadership's warning "shot themselves in the foot," but "sometimes you've got to learn the hard way."