Washington (CNN) - Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, will offer a "privileged resolution" as early as today calling on the House to investigate the ethics committee for its handling of her case.
Waters' hearing before the Committee on Standards and Official Conduct was scheduled to begin last month, but the committee announced before Thanksgiving that the proceeding had been canceled due to the discovery of email communications that would potentially affect the case. The committee also suspended two staff lawyers working on the case.
It did not indicate whether or when the matter would be revisited.
Waters' draft resolution asks the House to create a bipartisan task force to probe "the circumstances and cause of the decision" by the committee to place the staff lawyers on administrative leave. It also requests that the task force report its findings and recommendations to the House by the end of the current Congress.
Under House rules, once this type of resolution is offered, the House has two legislative days to vote on it.
After her hearing was postponed, Waters said she was denied "basic due process" and the decision not to move forward with her trial as planned "demonstrated in no uncertain terms the weakness of their case against me."
Waters, a 20-year congresswoman and senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, is alleged to have sought federal assistance for OneUnited Bank, a minority-owned bank in which her husband held a financial interest.
The California congresswoman has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, and has repeatedly demanded a conclusion to the almost year-and-a-half-long investigation.
Read a draft of the resolution obtained by CNN:
"Authorizing and directing the Speaker to appoint a bipartisan task force to investigate the circumstances and cause of the decision to place professional staff of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct on indefinite administrative leave, and for other purposes."
Whereas, On November 19, 2010 two members of the professional staff of the committee on standards and official conduct were placed on indefinite administrative leave
Whereas, on November 19th 2010 the committee on standards and official conduct canceled and has not rescheduled the adjudicatory hearing for a Member of Congress, previously scheduled for November 29th 2010
Whereas such a delay violates a Members due process rights and the rules of the committee
Whereas all of these actions have subjected the committee to public ridicule, produced contempt for the ethics process, created the public perception that the committee's purpose was to unjustly impugn the integrity of a Member of the House, and weakened the ability of the committee to properly conduct its investigative duties, all of which has brought discredit to the House; now, therefore, be it
(1) the Speaker shall appoint a bipartisan task force with equal representation of the majority and minority parties to investigate the circumstances and cause of the decision to place professional staff of
the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct on indefinite administrative leave and to make recommendations to restore public confidence in the ethics process, including disciplinary measures for both staff and Members where needed; and
(2) the task force report its findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives during the second session of this Congress
–CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report