On July 30, 2010, the OCE transmitted a referral to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the United States House of Representatives regarding Representative Solomon P. Ortiz.
Nature of Review
During the time period from March 2008 to May 2010, Representative Solomon P. Ortiz participated in various Congressional Delegation trips abroad. These public statements attributed to Representative Ortiz indicate that he may have retained excess per diems that he received during the trips.
If Representative Ortiz’s actual meal and incidental expenses during for foreign travel were less than the per diem received and he did not return the excess per diem, he may have violated House Rule 10, clause 8, and House Rule 23, clauses 1 and 2.
The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the above allegations.
On December 31, 2010, the Committee determined not to take further action regarding this matter and adopted the Committee staff recommendation to dismiss the matter and consider it closed.