The House ethics committee confirmed Monday that it is reviewing allegations regarding six lawmakers, apparently involving misuse of official travel funds.
The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct announced it is reviewing an unspecified matter involving Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.).
Ethics Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and ranking member Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) did not specify the allegations involving each lawmaker, but all six have been identified in reports in the Wall Street Journal regarding their use of cash stipends for overseas travel.
The investigation was referred to the ethics panel by the Office of Congressional Ethics, the quasi-independent House agency tasked with reviewing potential rules violations and recommending formal investigations.
The ethics committee will announce whether to pursue the matter by Dec. 20, the statement said.
The Wall Street Journal had reported earlier this year that Members of Congress routinely pocketed per diems that were provided for their official travel expenses abroad.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.