Rep. Jack F. Quinn said Tuesday that Congress should reprimand President Clinton, at the very least, in the wake of his admission of an affair with former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky.
Returning from a vacation and breaking his silence on the Clinton matter, the Hamburg Republican said he was interested in the idea by Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, for a vote by Congress that would show its disapproval of Clinton's behavior in the Lewinsky matter.
"Some type of reprimand is necessary," Quinn said.
At the same time, Quinn said, it is too early to call for Clinton's resignation or to suggest possible impeachment.
"Until we know exactly what's in the report (from Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr), we can't say for sure exactly what we would vote for," he said. "I'm holding my powder until I see the final report.
Quinn, a moderate Republican who has enjoyed a good relationship with the Clinton White House, said he was disappointed both with the president's behavior and his attempt to explain it.
"I don't know that the speech went to any lengths to clear up any confusion," Quinn said. "Based on what I'm hearing from my constituents, I'd say a great many people are losing patience with the president."
Quinn said he is worried that Starr's report, and possible impeachment proceedings, could distract Congress from the huge amount of routine work it has to do before it adjourns for the year in early October and "paralyze us."