Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

Washington, D.C. Today, in response to the news from the House Ethics Committee that it is closing the investigation into Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan issued the following statement:

CREW is relieved to see the House Ethics Committee’s investigation into Rep. Waters finally come to a close.  We fully support the recommendations made by the six substitute members on the Ethics Committee and hope these will help the House navigate future ethics enforcement.

In addition, as CREW first noted in 2008 when we sent a letter to the House Committee on Administration, congressional nepotism rules must be changed.  While Mikael Moore, Rep. Waters’ chief of staff, is undoubtedly capable and competent, his employment in his grandmother’s office set the stage for potential problems.  In light of this case, perhaps now the Administration Committee will add grandchildren to the list of relatives members may not employ.