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Voices in the News

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A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX); Ellen Frank of Sugar Land, Texas; Ann Wilson of Sugar Land, Texas; Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY); White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan; President Bush; Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA); Sen. Barak Obama (D-IL); Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN); Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

LIANE HANSEN, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Representative TOM DELAY (Republican, Texas): Today I am announcing my intention to resign my seat in the House.

Ms. ELLEN FRANK (Resident of Sugar Land, Texas): I think the kind of politics that Mr. DeLay represents is antithetical to a democratic way of life.

Ms. ANN WILSON (Resident of Sugar Land, Texas): If they cleaned house, for whatever they think Tom DeLay did, there wouldn't be a Congressman in the Congress.

Senator CHARLES SCHUMER (Democrat, New York): At the very least, President Bush and Vice President Cheney should fully inform the American people of any role in allowing classified information to be leaked.

Mr. SCOTT MCCLELLAN (White House Press Secretary): We will vigorously set the record straight when people are putting out misinformation or trying to suggest things that simply are not true.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: I'm pleased that Republicans and Democrats in the United States Senate are working together to get a comprehensive immigration bill.

Senator ARLEN SPECTER (Republican, Pennsylvania): It admittedly is not perfect. The choice we have to make is whether the bill is better than no bill.

Senator BARAK OBAMA (Democrat, Ohio): There is concern within our caucus that if there are a series of amendments that are offered to gut the bill, that it would not represent a success.

Senator BILL FRIST (Republican, Tennessee): The Democratic leadership has effectively stopped, put a halt, to that great progress that was being made yesterday morning by not allowing amendments.

Senator HARRY REID (Democrat, Nevada): The majority must explain to the American people why they're permitting a filibuster of immigration legislation, a filibuster by amendment.

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