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Sometimes members of Congress say things that are head scratchers, and Democrat Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is no stranger to that.
The representative appeared on the MSNBC show “PoliticsNation,” where she made the astounding claim that words can “break bones.”
“[McCarthy] was trying to defend them in a public manner,” the representative said.
“He alleges that he spoke to them quietly in private. But that did nothing to the potential threat. And let me just say this, Reverend Sharpton — it is very well-documented that words nowadays can actually break your bones. Words have generated violence,” she said.
“We have seen that since the former president of the United States generated his first remark, ‘Beat him up. I will pay for your lawyers.’ And violence has been generated by words, and so for Leader McCarthy at that time not to denounce these actions in a most vigorous way was also sad and shameful at the same time,” she said.
Last month it was reported that certain representatives, including Rep. Jackson lee, had yet to submit their financial disclosures.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the self-described democratic socialist from New York, appears to be in some hot water.
The Bronx-based lawmaker has admitted, via a spokesperson, that she violated congressional financial disclosure rules, according to the Washington Examiner.
The outlet adds: “Ocasio-Cortez was due to report her 2021 finances to the House Ethics Committee 11 days ago on Aug. 13. However, the public remains in the dark as to the status of Ocasio-Cortez’s finances as of Wednesday morning, and a spokeswoman for the New York lawmaker said Ocasio-Cortez feels no rush to file her disclosure as required by federal law because she can wait another 20 days before risking a fine.”
“The committee provides a 30-day grace period before fines are levied. The congresswoman plans to file before the period expires,” said Ocasio-Cortez communications director Lauren Hitt in a statement to the outlet Tuesday evening.
In April, the outlet noted, Ocasio-Cortez said that democracy in America is undermined when members of Congress only appear to have behaved improperly regarding their personal finances.
“AOC,” as she is colloquially known, is one of just 10 lawmakers who have yet to file their required 2021 financial disclosure forms. Nearly all members of the House are required to submit it by Aug. 13.
“Other notable lawmakers who have yet to file their 2021 disclosures include Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and outgoing Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI),” the Examiner reported.
Ocasio-Cortez faces a fine of just $200 if she fails to file her disclosures during the allotted 30-day grace period. But, the Examiner reported. “it’s not the first time the lawmaker has exploited the 30-day grace period to delay publicly disclosing her finances without financial penalty.”
She filed her 2019 financial disclosures exactly 30 days late in September 2020, narrowly avoiding having to pay the fine, the outlet said.
“Not only is she an admitted scofflaw — she’s a repeat offender,” Paul Kamenar, an attorney for the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative ethics watchdog group, told the outlet. “One must wonder whether she also files her income tax returns past the deadlines.”
“Just like AOC did in 2020 when she filed her 2019 disclosure report 30 days late after the 90-day extension, she’s at it again, blowing off the deadline for filing her 2021 filing that was due on Aug. 13,” Kamenar noted further.
Meanwhile, in July, fines were piling up for Ocasio-Cortez over her failure to resolve a state tax warrant filed against her defunct business five years ago.
Ironically enough, the socialist lawmaker who wants to raise taxes on many Americans apparently has refused to pay her own taxes.
“New York state filed a tax warrant against Brook Avenue Press, a children-focused publishing house Ocasio-Cortez founded in 2012, on July 6, 2017, to collect $1,618 in unpaid corporate taxes. Ocasio-Cortez has yet to pay a penny of her overdue corporate taxes, causing the current balance of the tax warrant to swell by 52% to $2,461 as of Wednesday afternoon,” the Washington Examiner reported at the time.