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