House Republicans voted on Monday to hobble the Office of Congressional Ethics.
The body will now likely be limited in its ability to carry out investigations due to staffing shortages.
George Santos, facing multiple investigations and ethics complaints, called the changes "fantastic.".
The Office of Congressional Ethics, first established in 2008, is a quasi-independent body tasked with investigating allegations of misconduct against members of Congress.
"It does call into question if they're just going to remove it every time they're in the majority," said Ocasio-Cortez.
McCarthy's office did not immediately respond to a detailed set of questions from Insider seeking an explanation of the proposed changes.
In 2017, House Republicans voted in conference to subsume the office under the House Ethics Committee, effectively neutering it. »