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Congressmen are allowed to make statements to local media outlets if they wish to. These can be picked up by player media or national news.

 

Note that this is not an 80s equivalent of Twitter nor should it be used as a means of "feuding" with other players. Excessive usage pertaining to arguments with other players will result in a negative penalty to both individuals involved with their approval ratings.

 

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Name: Douglas Seymour

Party: Democratic

Interviewing Agency: Aiken Standard

 

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I have just introduced the Protecting American Textile Manufacturing Act to the House hopper. This important piece of legislation is my policy priority for the 100th Congress, as it aims to protect the thousands upon thousands of South Carolinians who are directly impacted by the textiles sector - which has seen a hemorrhaging of jobs since its peak in the early 1970s. I am proud to already have earned bipartisan support on this commonsense piece of legislation.

 

Among other things this bill would would prohibit imports of textiles from our geopolitical rival, the Soviet Union. Why should we be supporting our adversary's nascent industries at the expense of good-paying American jobs?

 

I am proud to be at the forefront of this issue for the good people in Aiken and across South Carolina's 3rd district.

 

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Name: Rep. Jacky Williams

Party: Republican 

Interviewing Agency: (what local newspaper/radio): San Diego Union-Tribune

 

"I think Black America deserves better than a family that uses rampant nepotism to gain power. That's not how the system is supposed to work. One day we will have a Black president, and it won't be a 'King'." 

 

 

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Name: Rep. James Jefferson

Party: Republican

Interviewing Agency:  Washington Times

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"I'm truly ready to go for the new session and help get more economic reform through the House and help President Reagan get his agenda, which benefits my district as well as the whole country, through the House."

 

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Name:  Augustus Rober King

Party: Republican 

Interviewing Agency: (what local newspaper/radio): Los Angeles

 

"As a Vietnam Veteran, I know how hard it was to assimilate back into my civilian life. From the injury that I suffered from a Punji Stick piercing my legs and the horrifying nightmare of combat, the experience of Vietnam would make any Vietnam Veteran shiver and feel lost. Luckily with my family and my degrees before being drafted, I was a lucky person to find my footing, but not every Vietnam Veteran or Veteran, in general, have the opportunities that were given to me.

 

This is why I am proud to introduce the Veterans Job Training Act Extension of 1987. The Veterans Job Training Act Extension of 1987 will continue to help veterans as it has been for the last 4 years, but with my extension, it will extend its appropriation authorization through 1988 and will allow homeless veterans to gain access to Veteran benefits. After serving our country, no veteran should ever become a victim of poverty".

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Name: Paul Cavalieri

Party: Republican

Interviewing Agency: (what local newspaper/radio): Orange County Register

 

I will confess I do have my concerns about the actions of the leadership of the Democratic House caucus engaging in what appears to be nepotism. The King family may well be qualified congressmen, but to have them appointing their own brother to be the chairman of a powerful committee – a committee which plays a major role in oversight and ethics, no less – that's definitely a concern for me.

 

I see this more as the fault of the Republicans, frankly. Thirty plus years in power in the House is making the DNC complacent, and that's how we're seeing this form of dynastic politics develop. The GOP must offer viable, credible opposition to check the worst excesses of one-party rule in the House, and under my leadership I can promise you that's what we'll deliver.

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Name: Reginald King 

Party: Democrat

Interviewing Agency: LA Times 

 

When asked about recent accusations of "nepotism" from Republicans about Congressman King's appointment to the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs and Judiciary committee, King gave a statement to the LA Times.

 

“I’ve heard these accusations, these colleauges of mine questioning my qualifications and my motives. Well let me give you some facts. I graduated cum laude from Stanford Law. I practiced law for over twenty years and served on the LA County Bar Association for almost ten years. I've served in Congress now for over six years. I appreciate the concern of my colleauges in pondering my qualifications to serve as Chairman of the House Judiciary committee, but I would hope they would focus on matters most pressing to them — such as their designer suits and their tan leather oxfords. If any of my colleauges would like to personally meet to discuss their concerns, I won't be taking calls and there's no room on the schedule because I'll be busy representing the God fearing people of the 9th district of California as I was dutifully elected to." 

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Name: Rosemarie DuBois-Granger

Party: Democratic

Interviewing Agency: Portland Press Herald

 

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While Republican leadership is trying to whip up a tempest in a teapot to distract from their regressive agenda, Democrats are hard at work delivering for working class Americans. I've just introduced the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which will increase the minimum wage to $5 an hour by 1992, and index the minimum wage to inflation so wages will keep rising as cost of living increases. We haven't seen a minimum wage increase from President Reagan and Republicans in Congress for six years, and as a result minimum wage workers are getting poorer as their wages stagnate. Apparently Republicans have run out of ideas for helping working class Americans climb the economic ladder, which is why they have to focus on congressional inside baseball. Democrats are the only ones with real progressive solutions to the economic inequality problem President Reagan and his fellow Republicans have created.

 

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Name: Michael Marshall

Party: Republican

Interviewing Agency: Cherryville Tribune

 

"I introduced the Family Living Wage Act to increase and enhance the Earned Income Tax Credit, which as of right now and in our history, one of the best and most useful tools for getting families out of poverty. I'm proud to have sponsored this bill and I wouldn't call it regressive. I wouldn't say that Republicans have ran out of ideas to help working class Americans either, as this bill, which has garnered bipartisan support will go a long way to help working families in America."

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Name: Augustus Robert King

Party: Democrat

Interviewing Agency: LA Time

 

"As the newly elect House Majority Leader, I look forward to working with my Republican colleagues to better the lives of the American people. Over the past few years, we have built a tradition of getting the job through bipartisanship, but I am afraid that my counterpart and other Republicans alike have been distracted from doing our jobs and instead are trying to whip up a tempest to distract from an increasing deficit, a slow economy and the loss of jobs in place like Detroit, Michigan. I plead that my colleagues get on track so we can do the work we were elected to do. I will, however, promise that the job will get done with our without them.

 

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Name: Michael Marshall

Party: Republican

Interviewing Agency: Cherryville Tribune

 

"I just read the recent article in the news and I must say that we must answer a question of ethics here. I think in any future proceedings regarding the King brothers in Congress, they should recuse themselves. I don't think it would be necessarily bad to answer those questions either, the core issue here is that an immediate family member was appointed to spearhead a powerful and influential house committee. Time and time again we have heard the King brothers talk about open, honest and fair government for the American people, so let's make it an open and honest affair." 

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Name: Alexandra B. Peterson

Party: Democratic

Interviewing Agency: Miami Herald

 

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I am outraged at the unprecedented attack launched by the House Republicans against our party's authorities. The King brothers are experienced congressmen, therefore I consider this attack an attempt to gain political capital.

 

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Name: Ron Tilsley

Party: Democratic

Interviewing Agency: The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA)

 

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I'm not worried about this controversy that is surrounding my party. The King family are honorable, hard working public servants. As it is, we have a lot of issue that are more important than this. One of those issues we have to address is gun violence. The number of homicides related to firearms is on the verge of going up. So I will be introducing legislation that will not only promote responsible gun ownership in this country, but to ensure that firearms don't end up in the wrong hands. 

 

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ame: Augustus Robert King

Party: Democrat

Interviewing Agency: LA Times

 

"Within the last year, President Ronald Reagan sold weapons to the Islamic Republic of Iran and also disclosed that some of the money from the arms deal with Iran had been covertly and illegally funneled into a fund to aid the right-wing counter-revolutionary groups seeking to overthrow the socialist Sandinista government of Nicaragua. Not only did he aid in funding our enemies but he also attempted to overthrow another government. I am calling for an immediate trial Senate hearing regarding the matter"

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Name: Douglas Seymour

Party: Democratic

Interviewing Agency: The Tiger (Clemson University student newspaper)

 

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As a dedicated proponent of South Carolina's 3rd district and a graduate of Clemson University, I am proud to have introduced the Higher Education Savings Act, which would provide clear tax incentives to those who attend universities or vocational schools. As students know well, tuition here has been creeping up for years - certainly since I've graduated.

 

The Higher Education Savings Act is a commonsense proposal to encourage private savings and to reduce our nation's reliance on loans and debt to finance education. Of course, there is more work to be done on this front, but I believe that my bill will help students across the nation prepare for and pay for a high quality post-secondary education.

 

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Name: Rep. James Jefferson

Party: Republican

Interviewing Agency: WMAL

 

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"I'm a little curious on the recent leadership announcement from the House Democrats. Their choice for Speaker of the House is first term Congressman King and their House Majority Leader is... Congressman King, and their Chair of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs and the Judiciary committee is... once again, Congressman King. At first, I thought it was a typo, but it turns out they are brothers. I'm curious to see if they broke any nepotism laws and I would like to see the House Ethics committee to investigate. They might be well-respected Congressman, I don't know them that well so I don't know, but one thing is for sure, if they don't perform well enough in leadership, the American people will see that and they will voice their concerns at the polls in the next election," 

 

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Name: David Krol

Party: Democratic

Interviewing Agency: Rapid City Journal

 

"I think we need to have an investigation into the state of the leadership of the Democratic Party. I think the elections were won fairly by the folks they were won by, but the appointment of the third Congressman King, well, that draws some questions. We need to deal with this now and get this stink out of the way before it clogs up the machines of government and limits our ability to work for the American people. I hope an investigation will prove my fears unfounded. I really do. But we can't know unless we allow an investigation to proceed fairly and independently."

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Name: Paul Cavalieri

Party: Republican

Interviewing Agency: (what local newspaper/radio): Orange County Register

 

I'm glad that Chairman King has agreed to a fair investigation into the concerns raised by members of both parties regarding his appointment. I have full faith in Ranking Member Williams to carry out a thorough and impartial examination of the facts and look forward to having this business concluded as soon as possible.

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Name: Stephen Roberts

Party: Democratic

Interviewing Agency: (what local newspaper/radio): The Fresno Bee

 

"A thorough investigation into the appointment of Reginald King must absolutely be done. It's beyond reprehensible that anything resembling nepotism could exist in Washington, especially in the Democratic Party. This is what happens when you let two first-term no good congressmen run the party, and I am angry at the prospect of the radical left at the head of Congress this session. You can bet I will do whatever I can to prevent radical left agenda from ever getting passed."

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Name: Augustus Robert King

Party: Democrat

Interviewing Agency: LA Times

 

" I commend ASFAJ Chair Congressman King for recusing himself from the investigations. Nepotism is a grave matter and should be thoroughly investigated. No rock or stone should be left unturned. As I was the person who made the appointment, I will be willing to testify over my decision and present the committee call sheet to the Ethics committee. Nepotism degrades our democracy, and I would like to see any evidence that the Ranking Committee Chair and other congressional officials may have on the matter"

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Name: Thomas Blackstone

Party: Democrat

Interviewing Agency: Boston Herald

 

"I have just introduced legislation to help with the homelessness epidemic in this country. The bill is known as the Helping Others Home Act and it will provide the HUD with the required funds and means to construct or purchase, and to maintain homeless shelters to help those who need a place to stay. This is an important step for this country and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the matter"

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Name: Augustus Robert King

Party: Democrat

Interviewing Agency: LA Times

 

”The power to hold congressional hearings lie within the body of congress, not just one sole person. 

 

As I am happy and willing to testify in front of any governing body on claims of accusations, I do believe that even I as an American citizen is granted due process under the fifth and fourteenth amendments, along with the belief that I am innocent until proven guilty. 

 

In every branch of govermmemt especialy with our committes there is a process. To hold a hearing one must first hold a vote within the committee to confirm a hearing and then summon those that are needed to testify. I will be upholding my rights until traditional procedure is followed.

 

I however will allow another democratic leader to appoint members to the ethics committee to allow a thorough investigation into the issue to uphold transparency and fairness from my part. I will warn lady Congress Woman Jacky not to let the power get to her head, as she must seek permission from other committee members to hold a hearing or to even subpoena a person”.

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Name: Zander Kahuhu

Party: Republican

Interviewing Agency: Seattle Times

 

"Housing prices are too high in King County, that it's getting ridiculous. As your Representative in Congress, I will look towards more affordable and reliable housing, I'll tell you right now a big factor to these high prices are high property taxes, both on the National level and State level, I call on State politicians across the State of Washington to focus on affordable housing reform, as I will be working towards it in the "Other Washington", I expect our State to be responsible and solve these issues our constituents are struggling with, anything works. We have to stop housing prices from going up until it's too late." 

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Name: Paul Cavalieri

Party: Republican

Interviewing Agency: (what local newspaper/radio): Orange County Register

 

The Chairman of a select committee has the authority to call for hearings unilaterally. Rep. Williams has been given the gavel, and with it, the authority to call for hearings in the name of Congress. Majority Leader King should quit his bait-and-switch, come before the committee, and get this business settled so we can move on to dealing with more pressing matters.

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Name: Michael Marshall

Party: Republican

Interviewing Agency: Cherryville Tribune

 

"For someone who has nothing to hide, seems to be putting a lot of barriers in place on the road to actually looking into the reason as to why he appointed his brother as Chairman of a committee, one of the most powerful ones at that. Stand aside and allow members of Congress to address what is a very real concern of nepotism and corruption within the ranks of the Democratic Party. If there isn't any, then I see no reason for the House Majority Leader to stand in the way of the vote and use procedural delay."

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