While some members of Congress and executive branch officials are criticizing IRS intrusions, they are at the same time having to fill out detailed reports on their own personal finances and wealth. These reports are required of senior executive, legislative and judicial branch employees. They are due May 15.
These personal financial disclosure reports are required by the Ethics in Government Act and will be made public in about 30 days. These reports are meant to provide a double check on the government decision makers to avoid possible conflicts of interest. In the past, investigations have often centered on what has been left off the filings.
Those granted extensions include Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Kay Hagan, D-N.C., Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., Mark Udall, D-Colo., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.
House members granted extensions include Reps. Yvette D. Clarke, D-N.Y., John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Charlie Dent, R-Pa., Bill Flores, R-Texas, Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Kay Granger, R-Texas, Alan Grayson, D-Fla., Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., Rubén Hinojosa, D-Texas, Rush D. Holt, D-N.J., Leonard Lance, R-N.J., Frank A. LoBiondo, R-N.J., Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., Scott Perry, R-Pa., Jared Polis, D-Colo., Tom Price, R-Ga., Nick J. Rahall II, D-W.Va., Jon Runyan, R-N.J., Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., Brad Schneider, D-Ill., Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga.