Republican Outrages

Ethics Truce Frays in House

Democrats Torn Over Investigating GOP

For Immediate Release:

March 17, 2004

Contact:Charles Babington and Dan Morgan

Washington Post

A seven-year ethics truce between congressional Republicans and Democrats has begun to fray under the weight of mounting alleged abuses by House GOP leaders and tensions among Democrats over how aggressively to pursue the matters.

DEMOCRATIC WHIP HOYER STATEMENT ON INITIATION OF INVESTIGATION INTO REPRESENTATIVE NICK SMITH ALLEGATIONS

For Immediate Release:

March 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement this evening in response to an announcement by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct that it was initiating an Investigative Subcommittee into allegations raised by Representative Nick Smith (R-MI) regarding the Medicare vote last Fall:

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Hoyer: Comments by Congressman Cole Are Completely Outrageous, Wrong and Should be Repudiated

Oklahoma Member Says Vote Against Bush is Like Supporting Hitler

For Immediate Release:

March 4, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding remarks attributed to Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4).  According to press reports, Congressman Cole said a vote against President Bush’s re-election is like supporting Adolf Hitler during World War II, and that, “If George Bush loses the election, Osama bin Laden wins the election.”

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Hoyer Presses For Investigation Into Smith Comments

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2004

Contact:Staff

CongressDaily

The flap over whether the House Ethics Committee should investigate statements by Rep. Nick Smith, R-Mich., about the Medicare prescription drug vote continued to simmer today.

House Minority Whip Hoyer, who has urged the committee to conduct an investigation into Smith statements that suggested he was offered a bribe for his vote, told reporters today he planned to speak with House Speaker Hastert this week. Hoyer said if the panel does not pursue the matter, he might take further action in the next two to four weeks, but declined to specify what that might be.

Brad's Little Problem

Why give now to Smith's son's campaign if it makes you look like a criminal?

For Immediate Release:

February 4, 2004

Contact:Timothy Noah

Slate

So, the system works after all. In the Feb. 4 Roll Call, Nicole Duran reports that the refusal by Rep. Nick Smith, R-Mich., to "toe the party line on Medicare does not seem to be hurting his son's campaign to succeed him in Congress."

Bush's Unified Government

For Immediate Release:

February 8, 2004

Contact:Paul Vitello

Newsday

" ... We will let you know."

- President George W. Bush, during his announcement of the formation Friday of a commission to investigate national intelligence lapses.

In the 27 months since he lost the popular vote by half a million ballots and won a majority in the Electoral College only by the intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court, George W. Bush has become leader of a uniquely unified government.

His party doesn't just control the White House, the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

For the Record

For Immediate Release:

February 4, 2004

Contact:Staff

Washington Post

House Democrats may file an ethics complaint if Republican congressional leaders do not open an investigation into whether bribes were offered to win passage of the Medicare prescription drug bill,

House Dems seek ethics probe

They want study of Michigan lawmaker's claim of bribe offered for Medicare vote

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2004

Contact:Katherine Hutt Scott

Gannett News Service

WASHINGTON — If the House ethics committee doesn’t investigate allegations of arm-twisting during voting on a Medicare bill, a House Democratic leader said Tuesday that Democrats will file a formal complaint within a few weeks.

A formal complaint would compel the ethics committee to look into allegations that Rep. Nick Smith, R-Addison, was subjected to a bribe offer and threats in a high-pressure attempt to win his vote for Medicare legislation in November. The bill was a priority of the Bush administration and Republican congressional leadership.

House Democrats Want Bribery Probe

For Immediate Release:

February 3, 2004

Contact:

Reuters

House Democrats may file an ethics complaint if Republican congressional leaders do not open an investigation into whether bribes were offered to win passage of the Medicare prescription drug bill, a House Democratic leader said on Tuesday.

But Republicans countered that Democrats were trying to "throw mud" and end an unofficial ethics truce between the two parties that has lasted since the late 1990s.