Cases currently on the House Ethics Committee's docket that were referred by the Office of Congressional Ethics and have now reverted to a preliminary investigative stage that requires no further public disclosure include that of Rep. Vern Buchanan.
"The whole point of the Office of Congressional Ethics was to force the House Ethics Committee to carry through. ... It was working. I hope it's not falling to the wayside," Public Citizen's Craig Holman said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.