Hoyer: Repulican Leaders Continue Quest To Stifle Accountability, Ethics

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the removal of Ethics Committee Chairman Joel Hefley and his replacement by Representative Hastings:

“The decision to remove Chairman Hefley from the Ethics Committee appears to be the latest example of Republicans Leaders’ determination to stifle accountability and high ethical standards that could threaten their power.

“I would hope that Rep. Hastings would, as Rep. Hefley did before him, bring independence and objectivity to his new duties.  It is imperative that he put aside the partisanship that he pursued on the Rules Committee. 

“The Ethics Committee must be willing to buck the leadership of both parties if it is to carry out its mission credibly and effectively.  Rep. Hastings actions will make clear if he understands this crucial difference between the two committees."

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