Canton Repository

December 23, 2004

Rep. Ney back from visit to Egypt, Turkey

By Paul M. Krawzak
Copley News Service

WASHINGTON — Rep. Bob Ney is back from an official trip to the Middle East, where he met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and discussed voting issues with Americans who live in Istanbul, Turkey.

“He’s been pretty active with Iranian issues and Middle East issues,” Ney’s spokesman Brian Walsh said in explaining why the congressman traveled to the region between Dec. 8 and 18.

Ney, R-St. Clairsville, is chairman of the House Administration Committee, which sponsored the taxpayer-financed trip to Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey. Ney took Walsh and a Democratic staffer from the committee with him.

While in Egypt, Ney met with several top Egyptian officials along with Mubarak. Ney was unavailable to discuss the trip, but Walsh said the congressman also stopped in at the Library of Congress’ office in Cairo, and met with officials from museums that are affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.

As administration committee chairman, Ney conducts oversight of the Library of Congress and Smithsonian.

Ney visited with Lebanese President Emile Lahoud “and folks from the opposition party” in Beirut.

During a stop at the U.S. embassy in Turkey, Ney sat down with a dozen Americans who discussed their experiences with voting in U.S. elections from overseas, Walsh said.

Ney sponsored the Help America Vote Act two years ago, and he plans hearings early next year to see how well the voting reform legislation has worked.