Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsViolations Of House Rules
IN THE NEWS

Violations Of House Rules

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
June 21, 1989
Former House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.), who has said that he would resign from Congress later this month in hopes of ending the "mindless cannibalism" over ethics, suggested that he might try to come back in a special election. In a statement, Wright said he would consider running for his seat in the special election if there were "an absolutely genuine draft of a bipartisan nature" but added: "I am not sure that I should consider it even then." Members of the Ethics Committee who in April charged Wright with violations of House rules said that the case against him would still be pending if he were to return to Congress.
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
June 21, 1989
Former House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.), who has said that he would resign from Congress later this month in hopes of ending the "mindless cannibalism" over ethics, suggested that he might try to come back in a special election. In a statement, Wright said he would consider running for his seat in the special election if there were "an absolutely genuine draft of a bipartisan nature" but added: "I am not sure that I should consider it even then." Members of the Ethics Committee who in April charged Wright with violations of House rules said that the case against him would still be pending if he were to return to Congress.
Advertisement
NEWS
April 25, 1989 | From Times wire services
The partnership created in 1984 to promote a book co-authored by House Republican Whip Newt Gingrich reported a loss of more than $100,000 during its first five years, according to partnership tax returns released today by Gingrich. The COS Limited Partnership was formed by 21 individuals or corporations that each put up $5,000 to pay for a promotional campaign for "Window of Opportunity," written by the Georgia congressman, his wife, Marianne, and David Drake. One person, Janet Morris, received a $5,000 share of the partnership for editorial work.
NEWS
May 31, 1989 | WILLIAM J. EATON and SARA FRITZ, Times Staff Writers
One of House Speaker Jim Wright's most stalwart Texas allies said Tuesday that he expects the Speaker to resign from Congress this week because of "blowtorch" political pressure from his Democratic Party colleagues. Rep. Charles Wilson (D-Tex.) said that Friday's unexpected decision by Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Merced), the majority whip, to quit the House rather than face an ethical ordeal has put additional pressure on Wright to leave instead of fighting ethics charges himself. The Texas Democrat, however, returned from a weekend in seclusion without announcing any decision on his plans.
NEWS
April 25, 1989 | JOHN BALZAR, Times Political Writer
Almost one-half of the American public thinks Rep. Jim Wright (D-Tex.) should resign as Speaker of the House unless he is completely cleared of charges that he violated congressional ethics rules, the Times Poll has found. Compared to the strong feelings of these 49%, another 41% believe that Wright's speakership should hinge on what, if anything, he is found guilty of when the House completes its investigation. The survey found bad news for Wright among Americans who are familiar with the long bill of particulars lodged against him. These people are convinced by more than 2 to 1 that he acted unethically as a member of Congress.
NEWS
May 27, 1989 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
With the resignation of Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) apparently imminent and the departure of Majority Whip Tony Coelho (D-Merced) certain, the Democratic leadership in the House is about to undergo sweeping changes under circumstances unparalleled in recent times. House Majority Leader Thomas S. Foley of Washington is still regarded as all but certain to move up to the Speaker's post. But a wide open battle is expected for majority leader and whip, the No. 2 and No. 3 Democratic leadership positions in the House.
NEWS
May 31, 1989 | WILLIAM J. EATON and SARA FRITZ, Times Staff Writers
One of House Speaker Jim Wright's most stalwart Texas allies said Tuesday that he expects the Speaker to resign from Congress this week because of "blowtorch" political pressure from his Democratic Party colleagues. Rep. Charles Wilson (D-Tex.) said that Friday's unexpected decision by Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Merced), the majority whip, to quit the House rather than face an ethical ordeal has put additional pressure on Wright to leave instead of fighting ethics charges himself. The Texas Democrat, however, returned from a weekend in seclusion without announcing any decision on his plans.
NEWS
May 26, 1989 | SARA FRITZ and WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writers
House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) is likely to resign from the House next week, even though he has ruled out further efforts to persuade the House Ethics Committee to drop charges against him, a House leadership source said Thursday. Wright, who has been charged by the committee with 69 violations of House rules, signaled the end of his behind-the-scenes negotiations with the committee by issuing a statement ruling out any plea-bargaining over the charges pending against him. "There is no deal now. There will be no deal in the future," he said.
NEWS
December 31, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) has completed payment of a $300,000 penalty imposed for violations of House rules, the Ethics Committee said. Gingrich made the final payment of $150,000, the committee said, and "has now satisfied in full" the obligation imposed in January 1997.
NEWS
April 27, 1989 | From United Press International
The House Ethics Committee ruled today that reluctant witnesses who earlier refused to testify about an oil well deal profiting Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) must comply with the panel's subpoenas and appear before the committee next week. If the witnesses again refuse, the committee will take "whatever appropriate action is necessary," including possibly issuing contempt of Congress citations, Chairman Julian C. Dixon (D-Los Angeles) told reporters after a closed meeting of the committee.
NEWS
May 27, 1989 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
With the resignation of Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) apparently imminent and the departure of Majority Whip Tony Coelho (D-Merced) certain, the Democratic leadership in the House is about to undergo sweeping changes under circumstances unparalleled in recent times. House Majority Leader Thomas S. Foley of Washington is still regarded as all but certain to move up to the Speaker's post. But a wide open battle is expected for majority leader and whip, the No. 2 and No. 3 Democratic leadership positions in the House.
NEWS
May 26, 1989 | SARA FRITZ and WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writers
House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) is likely to resign from the House next week, even though he has ruled out further efforts to persuade the House Ethics Committee to drop charges against him, a House leadership source said Thursday. Wright, who has been charged by the committee with 69 violations of House rules, signaled the end of his behind-the-scenes negotiations with the committee by issuing a statement ruling out any plea-bargaining over the charges pending against him. "There is no deal now. There will be no deal in the future," he said.
NEWS
April 25, 1989 | JOHN BALZAR, Times Political Writer
Almost one-half of the American public thinks Rep. Jim Wright (D-Tex.) should resign as Speaker of the House unless he is completely cleared of charges that he violated congressional ethics rules, the Times Poll has found. Compared to the strong feelings of these 49%, another 41% believe that Wright's speakership should hinge on what, if anything, he is found guilty of when the House completes its investigation. The survey found bad news for Wright among Americans who are familiar with the long bill of particulars lodged against him. These people are convinced by more than 2 to 1 that he acted unethically as a member of Congress.
NEWS
April 25, 1989 | From Times wire services
The partnership created in 1984 to promote a book co-authored by House Republican Whip Newt Gingrich reported a loss of more than $100,000 during its first five years, according to partnership tax returns released today by Gingrich. The COS Limited Partnership was formed by 21 individuals or corporations that each put up $5,000 to pay for a promotional campaign for "Window of Opportunity," written by the Georgia congressman, his wife, Marianne, and David Drake. One person, Janet Morris, received a $5,000 share of the partnership for editorial work.
NEWS
June 1, 1989 | ROBERT L. JACKSON
Here is a chronology of major events that led up to Wednesday's resignation of House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.). May 18, 1988--Common Cause, a citizens lobbying group, calls for a formal House ethics investigation of Wright, citing possible improprieties in the publication and sale of his 1986 book, "Reflections of a Public Man." May 26, 1988--Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) files a formal complaint with the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, or Ethics Committee as it is known, requesting a probe of the Speaker's financial dealings.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|