House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday noted that it was Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), not him, who promised to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington.
Pelosi famously vowed in 2006 to “drain the swamp” that ensnared Republican members and their leaders during the George W. Bush administration.
During his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Hoyer clarified that he has never used that phrase.
“I didn’t use that term,” Hoyer said when asked if he thinks Democrats have “drained the swamp.” “What I believed and continue to believe is that we have made the ethics process work, and we have made it work in a meaningful way.”
Hoyer’s office pushed back against reports that his clarification was indicative of any kind of split between him and other Democratic leaders, including the Speaker, saying it was only in response to a question about whether Democrats have been able to “drain the swamp” as they promised to do.
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