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U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville, attracted 17 cosponsors, including three Floridians, for a resolution she filed Wednesday stating that congressional offices indeed should be open to police searches.

Brown-Waite filed the resolution after criticizing House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for objecting to the FBI’s search of Rep. William Jefferson’s congressional office. Jefferson, D-La., is under investigation for bribery, and Hastert and Pelosi argued that the search violated the constitutional separation of powers.

Brown-Waite said she wants ''to make it crystal clear to our constituents that if we break the law, we are held to the same standards as any other American citizen.'' Her cosponsors include Reps. Katherine Harris, R-Long Boat Key, Ric Keller, R-Orlando, and John Mica, R-Winter Park.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:03pm]


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