Matt Viser highlights a wow detail.
Eric Lipton for the NYT:
The surprising vote came on the eve of the start of a new session of Congress, with emboldened Republicans ready to push an ambitious agenda on everything from health care to infrastructure, issues that will be the subject of intense lobbying from corporate interests. The move by Republicans would take away both power and independence from an investigative body, and give lawmakers more control over internal inquiries.
Bryson Morgan notes the office also cannot speak to law enforcement without Committee approval.
And Politico notes it cannot act on anonymous tips.