Congress

Hoyer Continues His Criticism Of GOP Majority's Stewardship

For Immediate Release:

July 14, 2004

Contact:Susan Davis

Congress Daily

House Minority Whip Hoyer criticized GOP leaders Tuesday for
what he called an "abuse of power" for holding floor votes open
until the majority position prevails. Hoyer cited five votes
during the 108th Congress, including the nearly three-hour
Medicare prescription drug bill vote and a recent defeat of an
amendment that would have repealed a provision of the USA
PATRIOT Act, as egregious examples.

Budget Impasse Reflects GOP Schism

Tax Cutters in Standoff With Advocates of Fiscal Restraint

For Immediate Release:

June 30, 2004

Contact:Jonathan Weisman

The Washington Post

A deep rift in the Republican Party has left Congress unable to pass a budget this year, raising the probability that, for the third time in three decades, lawmakers will not agree on a detailed blueprint for government spending and tax policy.

Political Drama in US Congress Points to Increasing Partisan Discord in Washington

For Immediate Release:

July 9, 2004

Contact:Dan Robinson

Voice of America

An extraordinary political drama played out this past week in the U.S. House of Representatives as Democratic and Republican lawmakers feuded over a proposal aimed at watering down part of a key law passed after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The spectacle, which provided a glimpse into the mechanics of politics on Capitol Hill, came as Congress works to complete unfinished business before a long summer recess.

Budget Vote Leaves Some Grumbling

For Immediate Release:

June 28, 2004

Contact:Ben Pershing

Roll Call

House Republicans endured a rare legislative setback last week, as dozens of their own Members voted with Democrats to kill a budget enforcement measure that some GOP leaders were reluctant to bring to the floor in the first place.

The bill, which was sponsored by Budget Chairman Jim Nussle (R-Iowa), failed on a 268-146 tally after 72 Republicans joined 195 Democrats and one Independent in voting no.

Hoyer says Democrats could take back the House

For Immediate Release:

July 22, 2004

Contact:Hans Nichols

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is grounding his claim that Democrats “are in striking distance” of taking back the House with a heavy statistical comparison to the Republican watershed election of 1994.

Relying on “generic ballot” polling data from both years, Hoyer argued that his party is in a better position than Newt Gingrich and his troops were in July 1994, on their way to winning a net gain of 52 seats in November.

Democrats need to overcome an 11-seat deficit to return their party to majority status.

DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP HIGHLIGHT FAILURES OF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY

“Republicans Failed to Lead; a Democratic Congress Will Address America’s Priorities”

For Immediate Release:

July 22, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – As Congress prepares to recess for a six-week August break, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD), House Democratic Caucus Chairman Robert Menendez (NJ), House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair James Clyburn (SC), and Assistant to the Democratic Leader John Spratt (SC) today lambasted the dismal policy and political record of the Republican majority.  The GOP Congress has failed to pass a budget blueprint, created record deficits, and the House is on track to work the least number of days in 48 years.  The Democratic leaders today highlighted this absence of lea

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REPUBLICAN BUDGET PROCESS IN MELTDOWN

First, GOP Fails to Adopt Budget; Tonight, It Fails to Pass Budget Enforcement

For Immediate Release:

June 25, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement tonight after a united Democratic Caucus, and 72 Republicans, defeated the Majority’s sham budget enforcement bill on a vote of 146-268.

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Hoyer Blasts Members, Lobbyists

For Immediate Release:

June 24, 2004

Contact:Erin P. Billings and Brody Mullins

Roll Call

Angered over last week’s vote on corporate-tax measure, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) penned a stern letter Monday to his Caucus, chastising Democrats for voting against the party on a procedural vote — and blasting Republican business lobbyists for allegedly misrepresenting Democrats’ positions on the controversial bill.

GOP's Rehashing of Old Legislation Angers Democrats

For Immediate Release:

June 6, 2004

Contact:Charles Babbington

Washington Post

The tactic goes by several names: Déjà Vu, Play it Again, Summer Reruns. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) prefers "the cow agenda," saying House Republican leaders regurgitate previously passed bills, then force lawmakers to chew and swallow them again.

Whatever it's called, the strategy has infuriated Democrats. They accuse House Republicans of having so thin an agenda that they resort to re-approving measures languishing in the Senate, making only the slightest pretense at repackaging.

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House Into Summer Reruns With GOP’s Procedural Gambit

For Immediate Release:

June 5, 2004

Contact:Alex Wayne

CQ

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., the minority whip, dismisses the current House Republican agenda as “cud,” the regurgitated food that cows chew a second time. More politely, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calls it “warmed-over stew.”

At the very least, House floor action the week of May 31 had an unmistakable air of summer reruns.

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