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In Strong Support of Speaker Hastert

Location: Washington, DC

IN STRONG SUPPORT OF SPEAKER HASTERT -- (House of Representatives - May 25, 2006)

Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of our Speaker, Dennis Hastert, who will soon become the longest serving Republican Speaker in our Nation's history.

Speaker Hastert guides this House in a bipartisan, fair manner. He is a patient listener who works towards compromise in an even-handed manner. In these days of rancor and bitterness, Speaker Hastert tries to bring balance and civility into this tumultuous legislative process.

It is irresponsible for media outlets to malign anyone with negative information from unnamed and uncorroborated sources. Speaker Hastert and everyone else who might be attacked deserves to have incorrect information corrected for the record.

Our Speaker has not been a Republican or a Democrat presiding officer, he has been the presiding officer for the whole House, a man who takes his oath seriously. We place our trust in Speaker Hastert, and he has not let us down. He is our coach.

Congratulations, Speaker Hastert, for this historic milestone.

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