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October 26, 2005 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | Mary Curtius, Times Staff Writer
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 | 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.
February 3, 2005 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
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.
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.
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