May 28, 2006 |
When House Republican leaders gathered for a news conference on the steps of the Capitol last week, it was supposed to be a Memorial Day salute to veterans. But the event quickly deteriorated as reporters crowded around a beleaguered House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). They shouted questions about whether he was under investigation as part of a lobbying scandal and whether he would sue the television network that had reported he was.
May 27, 2006 |
Forgive House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) for seeming a bit paranoid. With grand juries convened around the country and hundreds of FBI agents on the case, Congress has become the focal point of the most aggressive investigations into federal corruption in decades. One investigation has led to an eight-year prison sentence for former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, a Republican from Rancho Santa Fe. And a bribery probe targeting Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.
February 1, 2006 |
One of three Republicans vying to replace Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) as House majority leader offered rare public criticism Tuesday of House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), saying he disagreed with key elements of Hastert's plan to overhaul the chamber's ethics rules. Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) questioned Hastert's call for a ban on travel by House members and their staffs paid for by private groups, indicating he considered such a proposal "childish."
January 14, 2006 |
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert is trying to force out Ohio Rep. Bob Ney as chairman of the House Administration Committee, a week after Justice Department documents linked Ney to a bribery scheme involving convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
October 26, 2005 |
Political anxiety over high gasoline prices reached a new level in Congress on Tuesday as House Republican leaders took aim at the oil industry, traditionally a GOP ally. With oil companies expected to announce record profits this week, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) pressed the industry to explain what it was doing to boost fuel supplies and lower costs for consumers.
July 24, 2005 |
House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert (R-Ill.) who has been vague about whether he would give up the reins at the end of this Congress, told a group of supporters that he planned to run again and serve as speaker for the rest of President Bush's second term. Ron Bonjean, Hastert's communications director, said the speaker told an audience of about 80 at a fundraiser last week at the Chicago Club that he would run again "at the urging of his constituents and the president."
April 27, 2005 |
Sometime this week, the most powerful man in the House of Representatives is expected to take the rare and politically painful step of acknowledging he made a mistake. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) is convinced that he must act quickly to end a messy impasse with House Democrats that has paralyzed the chamber's ethics committee, his aides said.
April 8, 2005 |
When J. Dennis Hastert arrived in Congress in 1987 determined to cut red tape for the trucking industry, he quickly found a soul mate. The young Republican from Illinois joined forces with an antigovernment firebrand who already was pushing for trucking deregulation. The backbencher was Tom DeLay (R-Texas). That prosaic beginning launched a career-long partnership that helped bring the two men to the pinnacles of power in Washington.
April 7, 2005 |
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert had kidney stone surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital, forcing him to cancel a trip to Rome for Pope John Paul II's funeral. Hastert's spokesman, Ron Bonjean, said the 63-year-old Illinois Republican was recovering well and was expected to return home on Friday.
February 3, 2005 |
The House ethics committee chairman who presided over three rebukes of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) was bounced from the job Wednesday and replaced by a Republican congressman from Washington state. The new chairman is Rep. Doc Hastings, the committee's second-ranking Republican. He was named by House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) to take the gavel from Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo.). In addition, Hastert appointed three new members to the panel, including two -- Reps. Lamar S.