Rep. Mark Foley, chairman of the House Entertainment Task Force, resigned from Congress today (Sept. 29) after ABC News reportedly questioned him about email and instant messages with an underage cong

Rep. Mark Foley, chairman of the House Entertainment Task Force, resigned from Congress today (Sept. 29) after ABC News reportedly questioned him about email and instant messages with an underage congressional page.

Foley, a six-term Republican representing Florida's 16th District, was honored by the Recording Academy at Grammys on the Hill earlier this month for his work supporting the arts and entertainment.

According to MarketWatch, ABC News said it had read to Foley excerpts of instant messages provided by former male pages who said the congressman made repeated references to sexual organs and acts.

Foley delivered his letter of resignation to the Speaker of the House today, his spokesperson tells Billboard.biz. While denying that he did anything inappropriate, Foley also apologized for letting his family and his constituents down.

At the time of Foley's honor, the Recording Academy noted that he held a perfect record in supporting the arts and federal funding for the arts. He was an ongoing opponent of censorship legislation, championed the copyright-term extension, and was involved in education and dialogue between the music community and Congress.

The House Entertainment Task Force, formed by Sonny Bono while serving in Congress, is made up of Republicans who actively support the arts and entertainment. Foley was also a member of the Recording Arts and Sciences Congressional Caucus.

Foley was also chairman of the House caucus on missing and exploited children.

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