House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been admonished by the House ethics committee for using improper bargaining to try to persuade a fellow Republican to change his vote on a Medicare prescription drug bill.
The committee on Thursday approved an investigative report that serves as "a public admonishment" against DeLay (R-Texas), Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and the lawmaker they were trying to influence, Rep. Nick Smith (R-Mich.).
The committee found after its six-month investigation that DeLay and Miller linked a favorable vote by Smith to support of the House candidacy of Smith's son, but that Smith went too far in alleging that financial support was offered.
DeLay could face yet another investigation by the panel. The committee still must decide whether to dismiss or appoint an investigative subcommittee to probe a separate three-part complaint against DeLay filed by Rep. Chris Bell (R-Texas).
That complaint alleges DeLay misused his office and federal resources for political purposes related to elections and redistricting in Texas.