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OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz

Dec 31, 2010

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz

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.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the above allegations.

Committee Conclusion

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.