Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) on DeLay's departure from the House; Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and Sen. Richard Durban (D-IL) on the estate tax; Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) on the gay marriage amendment; Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld; and President Bush.

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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): I say goodbye today, Mr. Speaker, with few regrets, no doubts. And so with love and gratitude for friend and foe alike, patriots all, I yield back the floor of our beloved House and I exit, as always, stage right.

Representative GEORGE MILLER (Democrat, California): Tom DeLay took the people's House, where all voices are supposed to be heard, where the minority is protected to present amendments, to present arguments, and he turned it into a winner take all.

Senator BILL FRIST (Republican, Tennessee): This death tax is unfair. I think that's the strongest argument of why we bring the death tax, the repeal of the death tax back, to the floor today. It is time to bury it.

Senator RICHARD DURBAN (Democratic, Illinois): It is about the wealthiest people in America flexing their muscles and pushing through on Capitol Hill the most outrageous piece of special interest legislation in modern memory.

Senator PATRICK LEAHY (Democrat, Vermont): For the first time in our nation's history, we'd be amending the constitution to narrow individual rights and to federalize an issue of family law.

Senator SAM BROWNBACK (Republican, Kansas): We're making progress, and we're not going to stop until marriage between a man and a woman is protected.

Secretary DONALD RUMSFELD (United States Secretary of Defense): With the announced nominations of the new minister of interior and defense, and the chief of the national security, the government will be complete, and we certainly do look forward to working with them.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: Zarqawi is dead. But the difficult and necessary mission in Iraq continues. We can expect the terrorists and insurgents to carry on without him. We can expect the sectarian violence to continue. Yet the ideology of terror has lost one of its most visible and aggressive leaders.

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