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.
December 21, 1998 |
The man who is likely to become the next speaker of the House is a former high school wrestling coach with a gentle, bear-hug manner who can gingerly arm-twist fellow lawmakers into supporting key legislative measures and still leave them smiling. On the surface, Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) may seem more ferocious than he actually is.