The Republicans in the US House of Representatives on Monday have backed down from a plan to weaken the house ethics body.

The move was spearheaded by Republican representatives, some of whom are under investigation by the committee. The vote drew condemnation from Democrats, Republicans, and President-elect Donald Trump.

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It came as House members convened for the first session of Congress. The first act of the House of Representatives was to propose a repeal of President Obama’s landmark act of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The Republican party has retained control of the US legislature in addition to the presidency.

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