Gingrich Penalty
Top Story: Dole Helps Gingrich With Personal Loan

Reaction: Many on Capitol Hill give thumbs-up. Plus, check out a full meal of sound bites.

Transcript: Missed the speech? Read it here.

Loan Terms: A sweetheart deal? Evaluate the details yourself.

Dole's Statement

Gingrich's FAQs: The release from speaker's office

Player Profile: Newt Gingrich

Special Report: Check out the background, the complaints, a timeline and the players involved with Gingrich's ethics case.

Voter's Voice: What do you think of the Dole loan?

Bulletin Boards: Join the debate on Gingrich's decision.

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Capitol Hill Reacts To Gingrich Decision


Here's a sampling of the reaction on Capitol Hill to House Speaker Newt Gingrich's decision to pay off his $300,000 ethics penalty with a loan from former GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole, gathered by The Associated Press:

"He is setting the highest possible standard. The speaker is loved in our Congress and they very much respect his decision."
-- Rep. Bill Paxon (R-N.Y.)

"Though belated, it should be accepted by this House on both sides of the aisle. Accepted, but not applauded. Not applauded any more than we would applaud the decision of a major polluter who had injured the public health and welfare through its pollution."
-- Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas)


"I can't imagine anything that is more deplorable than somebody going on the floor of the House of Representatives and questioning the integrity of Bob Dole just a few short months after the president of the United States gives him the American Freedom Award, the highest honor that can be given by a president to a civilian in this country." (320K wav sound)
-- House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas)

"He's taken the moral high ground to show how his opponents have taken the moral low ground."
-- House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas)

"The Republicans are celebrating the fact that Newt Gingrich is paying a $300,000 fine for lying to Congress. There is nothing to celebrate."
-- Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)

"There's a lot of happiness it's obviously coming to a conclusion. This is the end of a Maalox moment. It's a big relief."
-- Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.)

"I'm surprised to see my Republican colleagues on the floor today congratulating Speaker Newt Gingrich for doing something he should have done months ago, paying $300,000 for lying to Congress."
-- Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)


"Millions of dollars have been spent and lives have been unalterably changed because Newt's political opponents were determined to do through the ethics process what they could not achieve through the democratic process. And yet through it all the speaker has maintained his composure and continued to demonstrate strong leadership."
-- Republican Conference Chairman John Boehner (R-Ohio)

"I have a call in to Bob Dole for a loan myself. The Bob Dole Loan Company is one with deep pockets. There's no reason why there shouldn't be other ways for him to help his party. I don't see anything necessarily improper with it."
-- Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.)

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