May 26, 1994 |
An uncommon code of silence enveloped the House on Wednesday as it confronted the strong possibility that Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) will step down as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee as part of a plea bargain. The powerful lawmaker, an unparalleled master of arm-twisting and deal-cutting, is considered crucial to the fate of health care reform, as well as the Democrats' overall legislative record.
May 25, 1994 |
Efforts to reach a plea bargain in the federal fraud case against Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) intensified Tuesday, with agreement no longer hinging on keeping the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee out of jail, sources familiar with the negotiations said. Tentatively decided is that Rostenkowski, who has been expected to play a central role in President Clinton's health reform efforts, would resign from Congress. Under discussion is how much time U.S. Atty.
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May 24, 1994 |
First, the facts: * The House Ways and Means Committee is the most powerful committee in Congress. Membership is highly prized and aggressively sought. Even junior members acquire a certain cachet among their colleagues. They also get noticed by lobbyists, who pay inordinate attention to what goes on in Ways and Means--and to the political fortunes of its members. Not for nothing is the hallway outside the committee hearing room known as "Gucci Gulch."
May 20, 1994 |
Attorneys for Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) were continuing Thursday to bargain with Justice Department officials to conclude a criminal probe that could threaten the lawmaker's committee chairmanship and even his ability to vote in the House, sources knowledgeable about the case said. Speaker Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.) repeated predictions that there would be no indictment, and said: "Nobody in this Congress is indispensable. But he is one of the key members . . .
May 19, 1994 |
Lawyers for Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, seeking to head off a felony indictment of the Illinois Democrat, are meeting with high-ranking Justice Department officials, sources knowledgeable about the case said Wednesday night. One such meeting with Assistant Atty. Gen. Jo Ann Harris, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, was called off earlier Wednesday, but sessions between the two sides signal that a decision on the Rostenkowski case is imminent.
May 13, 1994 |
Joined by a powerful congressman, a coalition of large corporations gave President Clinton's health care reform drive a boost Thursday, calling for mandatory employer-provided insurance and stringent, across-the-board cost controls.
May 11, 1994 |
Additional tax revenues of as much as $40 billion may be needed by 1998 to meet President Clinton's goal of providing health insurance to all Americans, House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) said Tuesday. But Clinton opposes such a tax increase, according to White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers. And as recently as Monday afternoon, Clinton strongly rejected Rostenkowski's proposal, first advanced in late April.
May 6, 1994 |
U.S. Atty. Eric H. Holder Jr. has sent to the Justice Department an outline of proposed charges against House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) in the House post office investigation, sources said Thursday night. Holder may seek a grand jury indictment of Rostenkowski as early as the end of this month, the sources said.
March 16, 1994 |
Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.), powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, took a narrow early lead in preliminary returns Tuesday in a Democratic primary that was the toughest race of his long political life. Rostenkowski's main challengers were state Sen. John Cullerton and former Chicago alderman Dick Simpson, who charged that the 66-year-old congressman was tainted by Washington corruption and out of touch with his district.
March 16, 1994 |
Overcoming allegations of corruption with the aid of President Clinton and a rejuvenated city Democratic machine, Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.), powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, easily won renomination Tuesday night after the toughest race in his long political career. The controversial congressman defeated four challengers in the Democratic primary, virtually assuring his reelection in the heavily Democratic 5th Congressional District.