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DeLAY SAYS HE'LL KEEP CLOUT
Indictment helped unite GOP, DeLay says
Contradicting some colleagues, he says agenda's still in his hands
By SAMANTHA LEVINE
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle
Contradicting a few of his fellow Republican lawmakers, U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay said Sunday night that he will remain responsible for his party's legislative agenda in the House of Representatives regardless of the Texas criminal charge that forced him to step aside as majority leader.
"It would be easier" to accomplish Republican goals with the leader's title, DeLay said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, but he doesn't need it.
"I will virtually be in charge of the agenda and driving the agenda," he said. "I am still a member of Congress. I can still work on legislation."
DeLay, R-Sugar Land, said he has arranged a way to work with Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., that will comply with the spirit of the House regulation that forced DeLay to relinquish his post.