Statement of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative Pat Fallon, Representative Chris Jacobs, and Representative Thomas Suozzi
Pursuant to Committee Rule 7, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics (Committee) determined to release the following statement:
On February 28, 2022, and March 2, 2022, the Committee received referrals from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) regarding allegations that Representative Pat Fallon, Representative Chris Jacobs, and Representative Thomas Suozzi may have failed to timely file Periodic Transaction Reports (PTRs) for various reportable transactions.
The Committee unanimously voted to dismiss the referrals. The Committee concluded that there was not clear evidence that the errors and omissions in the Members’ PTRs were knowing or willful and that the Members were generally unclear on the requirements relating to PTR filings. The Committee has worked with each Member, and they have all made diligent efforts to take appropriate remedial actions and ensure their continued compliance with applicable financial disclosure requirements. The Committee previously published OCE’s referrals relating to Representative Fallon and Representative Jacobs. Pursuant to Committee Rule 17A, the Committee hereby publishes OCE’s Report and Findings relating to allegations against Representative Suozzi and Representative Suozzi’s submission to the Committee.
The Committee takes the statutory financial disclosure requirements and its oversight of them very seriously. It is working to address various programmatic issues raised by these referrals and will publicly address them at a later date.