House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert will take responsibility for the unfolding page sex scandal surrounding Congressman Mark Foley, but insists he will stay on as head of House Republicans, a party official said Thursday.
At a news conference, Hastert will also ask the House Ethics Committee to consider new rules so that anyone making inappropriate contact with pages be disciplined. In the case of staff, they would be fired; lawmakers would be subject to expulsion, the official said.
Earlier Thursday, Republicans publicly blamed Hastert for failing to take action after he was warned about Foley's salacious computer messages to teenage pages.
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