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Retiring GOP Rep. Pat Tiberi is under fire from government watchdog groups who complain the veteran lawmaker shouldn’t be involved in crafting the House Republican tax bill while negotiating for a job with an Ohio business group.The Ohio Republican, a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, denies any conflict of interest and refuses to recuse himself from the tax debate. Tiberi's aides say he intends to continue work on the matter until he leaves Capitol Hill on Jan. 31.Tiberi has formally notified the House Ethics Committee, as required under House rules, that he is negotiating with the Ohio Business Roundtable to take over that group. Those talks are ongoing.Watchdog groups assert Tiberi has a clear conflict of interest in helping to draft the tax legislation. Companies that belong to the Ohio Business Roundtable would benefit from the Republican tax bill, they note, and so Tiberi should be barred from working or voting on a package that is likely to slash tax rates for big and small companies alike.Ohio BRT members include large companies such as Marathon Petroleum, Sherwin-Williams, Cintas, and Owens-Corning, as well as smaller Ohio-centric firms and hospitals. The organization has only hired a lobbyist directly one time, although member companies have their own lobbying and government affairs units.“This is enough of a problem that he ought to disqualify himself and step aside,” said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, a watchdog group. “[Tiberi] himself has raised questions about whether he’s going to be fully representing his constituents when he’s negotiating, or has taken a job, with the Ohio Business Roundtable, which has enormous stakes in the legislation.”Tiberi adamantly denies any improper or unethical behavior. The Ohio Republican refuses to recuse himself from the tax negotiations after 17 years of working in Congress on the topic, and there is no mechanism under House rules to stop him from doing so. And Tiberi can’t be stopped from voting on legislation. The House Ethics Manual notes “there is no authority to force a House Member to abstain from voting, and the decision on whether abstention from voting was necessary has been left for individual Members to determine for themselves under the circumstances.”In a statement, Tiberi’s office dismissed concerns about his future employment and potential conflicts of interest as simply partisan attacks.“Rep. Tiberi is following the guidance given to him by the Ethics Committee. He does not need to recuse himself. This story is being pushed by liberal groups and partisan Democrats who don’t support lowering taxes,” said Olivia Hnat, Tiberi’s spokeswoman.“Since his first day in Congress, [Tiberi] has advocated for a simpler, flatter, and fairer tax code. He has been on the front lines of this debate for over a decade as a member of the Ways and Means Committee where he has fought for solutions that will grow the economy, create jobs and help middle class families. His voting record will continue to reflect those priorities.” What a “conflict of interest” is for House members covers an innumerable assortment of situations, although there is a large body of precedent, both in Congress and the federal government at large, on such cases. A bipartisan Ethics Committee task force stated that "A conflict of interest is generally defined as a situation in which an official's private financial interests conflict or appear to conflict with the public interest."Guidance released by the House Ethics Committee late last year notes, “Members must recuse themselves from ‘any matter in which there is a conflict of interest or an appearance of a conflict’ with the private entity with which they are negotiating or have an agreement for future employment or compensation, and they must notify the Ethics Committee in writing of such recusal.”The guidance also said “Members are strongly encouraged to abstain from voting on legislation that provides a benefit targeted to any entity with which the Member is negotiating or from which the Member has accepted future employment.”In addition, under House rules, “A Member must abstain from voting on a matter on the House floor only if the Member has a direct, distinct personal or pecuniary interest in the matter,” according to the Ethics Committee.However, the panel noted that “Ownership of stock in a publicly-traded company generally is not a conflict of interest requiring recusal from voting.”Using that formulation, since the Ohio Business Roundtable includes a broad class of companies, all of whom have different stakes in tax legislation — beyond the general goal of lowering their taxes — it would appear not be conflict-of-interest for Tiberi to vote on the tax bill, according to House rules.Tiberi also would avoid any potential ethics problem if he avoids pushing a provision in the tax package that is directly sought by one company or entity, according to ethics experts.
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