WASHINGTON — Congress announced plans today to review the use of performance-enhancing drugs among American authors, with star-studded hearings scheduled next month and legislation to limit access to steroids. Two House panels are planning mid-January hearings featuring former President Bill Clinton, who made extensive comments on the issue in April during a wide-ranging seven-hour speech at a New Jersey Walmart. Clinton thinks Congress should give the literary community an opportunity to implement his recommendations before taking independent action.
“You have to be a little suspicious when you see the output of authors like Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates,” Clinton told The New Yorker as he ate a slice at his favorites pizza joint in Manhattan. “And don’t get me started on Jackie Collins. But we have to give them a chance to respond. My hope is that Congress will permit the author’s guild and the publishers to review my ideas, to digest them, to consult with their own people, and to work together to come up with the best possible program.”