In the United States, both houses of Congress—the House of Representatives and the Senate—maintain strict ethical guidelines to which all members and employees must adhere. These standards are intended to safeguard government integrity and foster public confidence in congressional institutions. The two houses of Congress are responsible for determining their own rules regarding appropriate ethical conduct. These rules apply to matters such as members' use of campaign funds, handling of classified documents, and use of political influence for personal financial gain.
If an elected congressional official, officer, or employee is credibly accused of ethical misconduct, special committees and agencies will investigate. Ethical standards are determined and enforced by separate bipartisan committees: the US Senate Select Committee on Ethics and the...Read more