Hoyer Presses For Investigation Into Smith Comments

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.

Asked again whether he would file an ethics complaint if the committee takes no action, Hoyer replied, "No, probably not, but I think someone will do it."

Majority Leader DeLay  this afternoon responded to calls for an ethics investigation by
describing it as a political act. "I think the Democrats in the House ought to leave their campaign plan outside the chamber," DeLay said. "They are trying to politicize the Ethics Committee, and I think it is wrong. They are trying to throw mud and burn down the House."