Probe of lawmakers' bad checks will continue into January 1992

November 15, 1991|By ASSOCAITED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nervous House members must wait at least through January to learn the outcome of an ethics investigation into rubber check-writing at the chamber's bank.

Rep. Matthew F. McHugh, D-N.Y., who is heading the investigation, said in a floor speech yesterday that information on individual members' accounts "is not easily accessible and will take time to compile."

But he added that the General Accounting Office, which is assisting the House ethics committee, has assured the panel "it will be able to provide all the necessary information by the end of January 1992."

The House voted to authorize the inquiry after the GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, found that account-holders at the bank wrote 8,331 rubber checks from July 1989 through June 1990. In addition, 134 account-holders wrote 581 bad checks that totaled $1,000 or more.

The House also ordered the bank closed by year's end and its functions assumed by the Congressional Federal Credit Union.

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