May 3, 2002 |
Before becoming House speaker, Rep. J. Dennis Hastert told Colombian military officers that he was "sick and tired" of human rights considerations controlling U.S. anti-drug aid, according to a newly declassified government document. At the time, the Clinton administration was pushing Colombia to improve its human rights performance as a condition of receiving U.S. aid.
February 13, 2001 |
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert was released from Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora after kidney stone surgery, and aides said he planned to spend a few days recuperating at his Illinois home before returning to Washington. The hospital said the 59-year-old Republican was discharged in good condition about 17 hours after he entered the facility Sunday night. Hastert underwent the surgery after tests showed he had developed kidney stones.
August 29, 2000 |
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) offered Monday to push legislation boosting the minimum wage by $1 over two years without making the increase contingent on two key tax cuts that drew objections from President Clinton. Democrats expressed cautious optimism that a deal could be struck.
April 8, 2000 |
Congress will vote this year on repealing the 102-year-old telephone tax, extending a moratorium on new Internet taxes beyond 2001 and permanently banning taxes on charges for Internet access, House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert says. In a draft speech to be delivered Monday in Chicago, the Illinois Republican said the votes will underscore Republicans as prime supporters of tax relief and electronic commerce. House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.
November 6, 1999 |
The tomatoes at the processing plant were stacked in neat boxes, colorfully accentuating President Clinton's message Friday: Private industry, the government and struggling communities, aligning themselves in just such a balance, can flush out the remaining pockets of poverty as the nation revels in an economic expansion. Yet, as the president and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.
July 23, 1999 |
House Republicans closed ranks Thursday and muscled through a bill to cut taxes by $792 billion over the next decade, the crown jewel of an agenda they hope will help the party maintain its fragile congressional majority in next year's elections. The proposal, however, faces a veto threat from President Clinton and a rough road in the Senate.
June 9, 1999 |
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), moving to quell a rebellion in GOP ranks that has hogtied the House, announced Tuesday that his party will stick to strict spending limits that could force deep cuts in several domestic programs next year. His move pleased disgruntled conservatives but set the stage for a long, hot summer of budget battles with President Clinton--and among Republicans themselves.
June 8, 1999 |
As House Republicans have brawled among themselves this spring over the budget, the Balkans and other divisive issues, many have looked to Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) to play peacemaker. But conservatives, moderates and the new speaker's own headstrong lieutenants repeatedly have forced Hastert to shelve legislation that he had hoped to pass before Congress' Memorial Day recess.
January 6, 1999 |
Republicans made official on Tuesday their choice of Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) as the next House speaker, opening the way for what his supporters hope will be a kinder, gentler lower chamber in the new Congress. But analysts and lawmakers say Hastert will face two daunting tasks: To take control of his badly split, often combative party and to reach out to Democrats in an effort to push through major legislation despite a diminished GOP majority.
December 31, 1998 |
Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, who is poised to become House speaker next week, exhorted fellow lawmakers Wednesday to "get to work" on cutting taxes and shoring up Social Security to win back the confidence of the public. The six-term Illinois Republican, who emerged as the House GOP consensus candidate for the top job in the wake of Speaker-designate Bob Livingston's withdrawal, offered few details of an agenda.