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April 8, 2005 | Janet Hook and Mary Curtius, Times Staff Writers
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
May 20, 2004 | From Associated Press
Growing tension between House and Senate Republicans over the war in Iraq, abuse of Iraqi prisoners, tax cuts and the budget deficit erupted Wednesday with House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert lecturing former POW and Arizona Sen. John McCain about sacrifice and war. McCain, who spent five years in a North Vietnamese prison, excoriated fellow Republicans on Tuesday for pushing more tax cuts while U.S. troops are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
February 26, 2004 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) said Wednesday that he would block legislation to extend the deadline for a commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks -- a serious setback to the panel, which also on Wednesday expressed disappointment over limits on its access to President Bush and other administration officials. Hastert refused to allow a bill extending the commission's deadline to be introduced in the House, angering Democrats on Capitol Hill.
May 3, 2002 | From Associated Press
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Associated Press
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 | From Associated Press
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.
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.
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.
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