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Before 1964, the United States Senate did not have an established set of rules or guidelines for ethics that the members were required to adopt, which also meant that when there was misconduct within Congress or the House of Representatives, investigations more than often went cold due to lack of “importance” of these cases. (Senate, History - About Us - U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, 2015) The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics addresses just this. These issues went too long without reparation and so on July 24, 1964, Senator John Sherman Cooper proposed to make a bipartisan Select Committee on Standards and Conduct.
The Chairman of the Select Committee on Ethics is Senator Johnny Isakson from Georgia. Their ranking minority member (referred to as the Vice Chairman, along with 3 other committees; the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence) is Senator Barbara Boxer from California. The jurisdiction of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics is derived from the Constitution and authority granted under law and Senate rules. There are various ways the committee’s jurisdiction is decided that came from both the Constitution, the Code of Ethics for Government Service and different Senate resolutions. They are there to regulate and supervise the ethical well-being of the Senate itself, and to receive cases that go against the law or violate their outlined specifications. Some examples are: Article 1, § 5, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution - “Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behavior, and with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.” Senate Resolution 338 (88th Congress), as amended - The Senate Select Committee on Ethics is authorized to receive and investigate allegations of improper conduct which may reflect upon…...

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