Ney gives up committee posts

Published: Monday September 18, 2006

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Congressman Bob Ney (R-OH), who will plead guilty October 13 to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud, making false statements to cover the scheme, and violations of lobby rules, has stepped down from his House committee positions, RAW STORY has learned.

Ney has not yet announced widely-expected plans to resign.

Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrote a letter to Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), asking for Ney's removal. On the same day, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett called for Ney's resignation.

Today, Ney followed with two letters announcing that he would immediately step down as chairman of the HUD-oversight Housing and Community Opportunity subcommittee, and abandon his post as head of the Franking Commission, which governs lawmakers' use of public money to express sometimes political opinions.

Ney has dropped his bid for re-election, but it is unclear whether or not the Congressman plans to return to work before the end of his term.