Congresswoman Bordallo under investigation by House Committee on Ethics

Guam’s former delegate to Congress, Madeleine Bordallo, said H.R 1365 will most likely not pass its upcoming mark-up hearing.

Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo is under investigation by the House Committee on Ethics and the Office of Congressional Ethics.

According to a release from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics the Chairwoman and Ranking member of the Committee on Ethics “have jointly decided to extend the matter regarding Delegate Madeleine Bordallo which was transmitted to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics on June 12, 2017.

The release states that this referral or extension “does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.”

There is no word yet on what exactly the investigation is about; however, the release states that the Committee on Ethics will announce it’s course of action on or before Monday Sept. 11, 2017.

The Congresswoman’s office has released the following statement:

“Congresswoman Bordallo’s responsibilities as Guam’s only representative in Congress require her to primarily stay in Washington, D.C. throughout the year. The time is takes to fly between Guam and D.C.—which is often between 18-24 hours—make it impossible for her to travel back to Guam each weekend like other members of Congress. As such, she has leased her house in Guam and stays in an apartment owned by her sister. The Ethics Committee is looking into this arrangement.

We do want to underscore that as the announcement indicated, “the mere fact of a referral or an extension, and the mandatory disclosure of such an extension and the name of the subject of the matter, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.” Congresswoman Bordallo asserts that no violation has occurred and looks forward to timely resolution by the Ethics Committee.”