WASHINGTON — The House on Friday reprimanded Rep. Austin J. Murphy (D-Pa.) for ethics violations, but the lawmaker charged that he had been made a scapegoat.
Murphy, a five-term congressman, was cited for hiring a "no-show" employee, misusing congressional property and twice having someone cast electronic votes for him on the House floor. The vote was 324 to 68.
A reprimand was the least severe penalty of the options available to the House. Murphy could have faced censure, loss of seniority or expulsion. He later said he intends to seek reelection next year.