Congress

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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DeLay to Be Subject of Ethics Complaint

Democrat's Wide-Ranging Charges Break Unwritten Truce Between Parties

For Immediate Release:

June 15, 2004

Contact:Charles Babington

Washington Post

A Democratic congressman plans to file a wide-ranging ethics complaint today against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), shattering the remnants of a seven-year-old, unwritten ethics truce between the two parties and possibly nudging the House back toward a brand of political warfare that helped topple two speakers.

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DeLay Faces Democrat's Ethics Complaints

For Immediate Release:

June 15, 2004

Contact:Jim Abrams

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A Texas Democrat who saw his political career halted by the maneuverings of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and other Republicans filed multiple complaints with the House ethics committee Tuesday, accusing DeLay of "serious criminal acts."

DeLay, R-Texas, said the charges levied by Rep. Chris Bell had no substance and were the product of a disgruntled lawmaker who "is very bitter about his losing the primary and he is using the ethics committee to express his bitterness."

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Hoyer Campaigns for Other Democrats

For Immediate Release:

June 3, 2004

Contact:Michael Amon

Washington Post

Trying to win his 13th term as Southern Maryland's congressman, U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer crisscrossed the 5th District in typical whirlwind fashion last week, on one day stopping for events in White Plains, Bowie and College Park before heading back to Washington.

But the next day, Hoyer (D) hopped on a plane for Philadelphia in his bid to win a different contest -- the battle for control of the House of Representatives.

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Democrats Pick Up U.S. House Seat With Victory in South Dakota

For Immediate Release:

June 2, 2004

Contact:Laura Litvan

Bloomberg

Democrats won a Republican-held House of Representatives seat in a special election in South Dakota.

Democrat Stephanie Herseth led Republican Larry Diedrich by 132,236 to 129,292 votes, with all but two of 798 precincts reporting, according to results posted on the South Dakota Secretary of State's Web site. The seat was vacated by Bill Janklow, who resigned Jan. 20 after being convicted of manslaughter in a traffic accident last year.

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Democrats See South Dakota Win as Turning Point

For Immediate Release:

June 3, 2004

Contact:David Espo

Associated Press

Democrats celebrated Stephanie Herseth's capture of a Republican-held House seat in South Dakota on Wednesday and claimed it portends greater gains in the battle for control of Congress.

Republicans argued that local factors settled the race, but some conceded privately that a sour national mood and President Bush's slumping support contributed to the defeat of GOP contender Larry Diedrich.

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Democrats See Momentum In South Dakota Election

For Immediate Release:

June 1, 2004

Contact:John Godfrey

Dow Jones Newswire

A top House Democrat predicted his party will prevail in a special election Tuesday in South Dakota, which would hand Democrats the second victory this year in Republican-leaning states.

The race involves Democrat Stephanie Herseth, 33, against Republican Larry Diedrich, 46, a former state senator. Both are vying for South Dakota's sole seat in the U.S. House.

The seat opened when former Rep. William Janklow, a Republican, was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in a traffic accident that killed a motorcyclist.

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