January 14, 2008
Former Sen. George Mitchell, author of the Mitchell Report
"The allegation made by Roger Clemens in his lawsuit that the 'interview was conducted like a Cold War interrogation, in which a federal agent merely read to the Mitchell investigators McNamee's previously-obtained statement and then asked McNamee to confirm what he previously stated' is untrue."

-- Mitchell in the N.Y. Daily News
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), House Government Reform Committee Chairman
"Over the past century, baseball has been part of our social fabric. It helped restore normalcy after war, provided the playing field where black athletes like Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, and inspired civic pride in communities across the country. Now America is asking baseball for integrity. An unequivocal statement against cheating. An unimpeachable policy. And a reason for all of us to have faith in the sport again."

-- Waxman in a March 2005 testimony excerpt
Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), Ranking Minority Member
"We're not interested in embarrassing anyone or ruining careers or grandstanding. This is not a witch hunt. ... Today's hearing will not be the end of our inquiry. Far from it. Nor will Major League Baseball be our sole or even primary focus. We're in the first inning of what could be an extra inning ball game."

-- Davis in a March 2005 testimony excerpt
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)
"This is a very critical moment for Major League Baseball. If we fail to act -- the league or Congress -- that is a kind of yellow, if not green light, for things to get worse."

-- Cummings in Sports Illustrated, Jan. 11, 2008
Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn.
"I don't want to hear any excuses. This is not an issue of compromise. I want to know what they are going to do about this very pervasive problem."

-- Shays in Sports Illustrated, Jan. 11, 2008
Don Fehr, executive director of the MLB Players Association
"Playing major league baseball requires talent, drive, intelligence, determination and grit. Steroids have no place in the equation."

-- Fehr in a March 2005 testimony excerpt
Bud Selig, Commissioner of Major League Baseball
"So that there is no misunderstanding from my perspective, I will suspend any player who tests positive for an illegal steroid. There will be no exceptions. The [players] union is aware of that and they accept it."

-- Selig in a March 2005 testimony excerpt

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