Advance Notice: Briefs

Huizenga, Tlaib probed by House ethics panel

By: - October 1, 2019 11:53 am

Reps. Bill Huizenga (left) and Rashida Tlaib (right)

The U.S. House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it is reviewing matters regarding two Michigan members, U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) and Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland). 

The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) referred the matters to the House Ethics Committee on Aug. 16. OCE, a nonpartisan investigative organization, can recommend the committee further review or dismiss cases. The committee is required to make a public acknowledgement of an OCE referral to review a case after 45 days. 

The panel also announced it was looking into U.S. Rep Ross Spano (R-Fla.). In a Monday press release, the committee wrote that “the mere fact of a referral or an extension, and the mandatory disclosure of such an extension and the name of the subject of the matter, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.”

The committee did not list the reasons for the review of matters in a press release, but spokespeople for the members of Congress said it was related to campaign spending. 

In a statement, Huizenga spokesperson Brian Patrick said the office has fully cooperated in the referral process and “will continue to do so.” 

Denzel McCampbell, a spokesperson for Tlaib, said the congresswoman had “cooperated completely” with the committee to resolve the referral. 

“Representative Tlaib fully complied with the law and acted in good faith at all times,” McCampbell said. 

The committee will next issue an update on Nov. 14. It is chaired by U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and ranking member U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas). 

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C.J. Moore
C.J. Moore

C.J. Moore covers the environment and the Capitol. She previously worked at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland as a public affairs staff science writer. She also previously covered crop sustainability and coal pollution issues for Great Lakes Echo. In addition, she served as editor in chief at The State News and covered its academics and research beat. She is a journalism graduate student at Michigan State University.