June 11, 1988 |
In the perk-conscious world of Congress, one can tell a lot about a committee's status by its offices. The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, which Friday began a highly sensitive investigation into the affairs of House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.), labors in a small warren in a musty corner of the Capitol basement. The committee, the House's "ethics police," is a body many members of Congress would just as soon not have, but one they know they cannot do without.