Sens. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) are denying claims that Coburn urged Ensign to give millions of dollars to the husband of his mistress in order to make the problem go away.Doug Hampton, the husband of Ensigns former mistress, Cynthia and a former top aide and close friend to the Nevada Senator Wednesday evening alleged that Coburn proposed paying off Hamptons home debt during a confrontation orchestrated by Hampton that involved Coburn, Ensign and other members of the C Street prayer house, a home where a number of Christian Senators and House Members live.Coburn has denied making such a suggestion.Ensign has also denied those allegations. In response to todays television interview, Senator Ensign said Doug Hampton was consistently inaccurate in his statements, Ensign spokesman Tory Mazzola said late Wednesday.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.