“Today’s action by the House Committee on Ethics does not constitute any judgment on the merits,” said Buchanan’s attorney, William McGinley of Patton Boggs. “Rather, the Committee’s decision to take more time to review the matter reflects the Committee’s heavy workload. ... Members commonly amend their financial disclosure statements. Congressman Buchanan followed the rules, and we are confident that, at the end of its deliberations, the Committee will find no violation.”
Roll Call has previously reported that roughly one-fourth of all Members of Congress amend their financial disclosures at some point.
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.