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House Ethics Committee orders Rashida Tlaib to repay $10,800 to campaign

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House Ethics Committee, after reviewing more than 600 pages of documents and interviewed five witnesses to determine the nature of the payments that occurred between Nov. 16  and Dec. 1, 2018, has concluded that Rep. Rashida Tlaib has been ordered to repay $10,800 to her campaign committee to account for the salary she had paid herself after she was elected to Congress in 2018.

“The committee did not find that she sought to unjustly enrich herself by receiving the campaign funds at issue,” reads a statement from the House Ethics Committee on Friday. “Indeed, during her campaign, Representative Tlaib received a conservative amount of campaign funds, well below the legal threshold for the maximum amount of salary she was eligible to receive; these payments allowed her to forego her salary from her full-time employment so that she could fully participate in campaign activities.”

“However, because she received some of those funds, totaling $10,800, for time periods in which she was no longer a congressional candidate, those funds were inconsistent with [the campaign law’s] personal use restrictions,” the committee continued.

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Biden supports ‘exception’ to filibuster to ‘codify Roe v. Wade in the law’

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Breaking Thursday, President Joe Biden gave his support to amend or drop the filibuster rule in order to restore perceived abortion rights lost following the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade on Friday.

While at the NATO summit in Spain, Biden said “The most important thing to be clear about is I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that.”

“And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be we provide an exception for this, requiring an exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision,” Biden added.

A filibuster requires 60 votes, and The Hill writes “There are not 50 senators who support changing the rules around the filibuster, however, making Biden’s suggestion unlikely to go anywhere.”

 

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