Republicans introduced joint resolutions in the United States Senate and House of Representatives today that would gut efforts to carry out a key law for fighting corruption in resource-rich countries, Human Rights Watch said today. Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma introduced the resolution in the Senate, co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota. Congressman Bill Huizenga of Michigan introduced the resolution in the House.
The House majority leader, Kevin McCarthy, said in an op-ed on January 24, 2017, that the House “will take the ax” to this rule. It is expected to vote on the measure as soon as Wednesday, February 1. That is the same day the Senate is expected to vote on whether to confirm Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, as secretary of state. ExxonMobil opposed the anti-corruption rule during Tillerson’s tenure at the company.