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WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader-Elect Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this afternoon:
“I appreciate and respect the hard work and judgment of the bipartisan Ethics Committee in the matter related to former Representative Mark Foley. The Members, officers and staff who work in this institution have an absolute duty to ensure the safety and well-being of the youths who come here from around the country to participate in the House Page Program.
“It is regrettable that the Ethics Committee did not fulfill its responsibilities with the same level of vigilance throughout this 109th Congress.
“In the new Democratically-controlled Congress, which convenes in January, we will – and we must – restore vitality to our ethics process and ensure public confidence in this institution.”