Most House lawmakers requesting more time were granted an extra month to file, but 32 were given the maximum extension, until Aug. 12, one week after lawmakers adjourn for the August recess. Eight Members requested extensions but then managed to squeak their forms in before the public release Wednesday.
On top of the delays, Roll Call reported that in recent years, about a quarter of lawmakers have filed their disclosure forms incorrectly and have to file amendments.
One office suggests that part of the problem is that Senators are just busy people. A spokesman for Conrad told Roll Call that “given the marathon budget negotiations and record flooding in North Dakota, Sen. Conrad requested and received an extension.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.