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    From the National Journal, this excerpt:
    The two former House aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that planning was under way in mid-1998 for a congressional delegation trip to the Marianas to look into press reports of worker abuse and low wages in the islands' garment industry. At that time, the aides said, DeLay's office pressured Hoekstra to drop any plans for the Marianas trip.

    Both aides recall that Hoekstra told them that DeLay's office suggested that Hoekstra might lose his subcommittee chairmanship if he went ahead with the fact-finding trip. DeLay, a staunch ally of the Marianas government, had led efforts in the House in 1997 and 1998 to kill legislation that was aimed at ending the Marianas' exemption from U.S. minimum-wage laws. The Marianas, a chain of islands in the western Pacific Ocean, is a territory of the United States.

    "We were under very strict orders not to deal with the Marianas," recalled one of the former aides, who was a subcommittee staffer. "Hoekstra made it very clear that he was told to lay off the Marianas." Hoekstra was "absolutely beside himself," the aide added. "He was livid."

    The second former aide, who worked directly for Hoekstra, confirmed the account. This former aide recalled that when Hoekstra returned to his office one day in mid-1998 after a meeting in the majority whip's office, the congressman was "pissed off," complaining to some of his staff, "They shut us down."


    They burn our children in their wars and grow rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

    by Limelite on Sun Dec 04, 2005 at 01:18:23 PM PST

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