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Rahm Emanuel: DCCC chief said DeLay's departure will not change GOP House refusal to pass ``real'' ethics reform. Pelosi: GOP ``culture of corruption'' continues

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The House is poised this week to take up ethics and lobbying reform. The Senate passed a diluted ethics and lobbying package and the House is not interested in doing much more than the Senate.

Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), the chief of the Democratic Congressional Committee, the House Democratic political operation, has been using Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) as a rallying point to underscore the Democratic theme of the GOP ``culture of corruption.''

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the ``culture of corruption'' continues despite DeLay's upcoming departure.

Tying the pending House ethics votes and DeLay's resignation, Emanuel said “Tom DeLay may be gone, but the delay in real reform continues.''

Emanuel Statement on the Resignation of Tom DeLay, followed by House Democratic Leader Pelosi

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Rahm Emanuel, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released the following statement today on the resignation of Tom DeLay:

“Tom DeLay may be gone, but the delay in real reform continues. The refusal of the brand new majority leader of the House Republicans to pass comprehensive ethics and lobbying reform, the power of the special interests, the control the powerful lobbyists continue to hold, tells the American people everything they need to know about Tom DeLay's departure -- that DeLay may be gone, but nothing has changed,��? said Congressman Rahm Emanuel, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “National Republicans want you to believe they have turned the page, but the Republican culture of putting the special interests first does not revolve around just one man. The drug companies, the insurance industry, and the oil and energy companies still hold sway over the Republican Congress and write the legislation that affects the lives of the American people, and that is why the American people are so desperate for a change from the old ideas and status quo of the Republican Congress."
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Pelosi Statement on Resignation of Congressman Tom DeLay

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the resignation of Congressman Tom DeLay:

“Mr. DeLay’s departure from Congress is one piece of the changes needed to end the Republican culture of corruption. This Republican corruption continues to cost the American people at the pharmacy, at the gas pump, and in their home energy bills.

“For more than a decade, every Republican in the House enabled and benefited from their culture of corruption and they must be held accountable.

“We need a new direction that returns the people’s house to the American people. Democrats again insist the Ethics Committee do its job and investigate corruption in the House.��?

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