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.
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.