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Last Thursday, Congress passed S. 3510, which, when signed into law, would make two limited changes to the STOCK Act (S. 2038). Due to misleading press reports about S. 3510, the Committee heard from numerous filers who thought that the implementation of the entire STOCK Act had been delayed, and therefore they mistakenly believed they could postpone compliance with the STOCK Act in general. This impression is NOT correct.
The Committee on Ethics in the Matter of Representative Maxine Waters has voted unanimously to extend the contract of William R. Martin as outside counsel to the Committee in this matter. That contract has been approved by the Committee on House Administration. Pursuant to the contract, Mr. Martin will continue to work closely with the Committee as it attempts to complete this matter. We are fully committed to resolving this matter as early in the remainder of this Congress as is possible to do in a thorough, fair and deliberate manner.
Pursuant to House Rule XI Clause 3(q)(2)(D), today the Chairman of the Committee on Ethics, Representative Jo Bonner, and the Ranking Member, Representative Linda T. Sánchez, submitted a report to the House of Representatives in the Matter of Allegations Relating to Representative Laura Richardson. The full Committee report includes the report of the Investigative Subcommittee (ISC) in this matter, along with the responsive views of Representative Richardson. The full Committee report also addresses the concerns and arguments made by Representative Richardson in her views.
Pursuant to House Rule XI, Clause 3(b)(8)(A) and Committee Rules 17A(b)(1)(A) and 17A(c)(1), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics have jointly decided to extend the matter regarding Representative Robert Andrews, which was transmitted to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics on April 2, 2012.
Pursuant to Committee Rule 7(g), the Committee on Ethics (Committee) determined on July 10, 2012, to release the following statement:
In accordance with Clause 3 of House Rule XI and Committee Rules 14(a)(3) and 18, the Committee on Ethics (the Committee) unanimously voted on June 29, 2012, to establish an investigative subcommittee. Pursuant to the Committee’s action, the investigative subcommittee shall have jurisdiction to determine whether Representative Shelley Berkley violated the Code of Official Conduct or any law, rule, regulation, or other applicable standard of conduct in the performance of her duties or the discharge of her responsibilities, with respect to alleged communications and activities with or on behalf of entities in which Representative Berkley’s husband had a financial interest.
Today, all 10 members of the Committee on Ethics in the Matter of Representative Maxine Waters sent the attached response to a letter received on June 7, 2012, from colleagues.
Today, acting Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and acting Ranking Member John Yarmuth, informed Representative Waters of the unanimous findings of the Committee on Ethics that no due process rights of Representative Waters have been violated by the Committee in the previous or current Congress.
Pursuant to Committee Rule 7(g), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics (Committee) determined on May 9, 2012, to release the following statement: On February 9, 2012, the Committee received a referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) regarding Representative Vernon G. Buchanan. Pursuant to House Rule XI, clause 3(b)(8)(A) and Committee Rules 17A(b)(1)(A) and 17A(c)(1), the Chairman and Ranking Member jointly decided on March 23, 2012, to extend the Committee’s review of the matter until May 9, 2012. In order to gather additional information necessary to complete its review, the Committee will review the matter pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a). The Committee notes that the mere fact of conducting further review of a referral, and any mandatory disclosure of such further review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.