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Week of October 27, 2003

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October 27, 2003

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Week of October 13, 2003

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October 13, 2003

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**Please note it is not clear that H.R. 2559 - Military Construction Appropriations Conference Report or H.R. 2691 - Interior Appropriations Conference Report, which are listed on the Weekly Whip, will actually come to the Floor. 

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Week of January 19, 2004

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January 19, 2004

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The Republicans’ Fiscal Flip-Flop

President Bush and Congressional Republicans Flip-Flop on Their Support for "Pay-As-You-Go"

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June 3, 2004

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» A report prepared by the Democratic Whip's Office, June 3, 2004, May 20, 2004

 

HOYER STATEMENT ON RULING THAT PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BAN IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

For Immediate Release:

June 2, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, the lead Democratic sponsor of the Late-Term Abortion Restriction Act, released the following statement today following a ruling by a U.S. District Court that the recently enacted “partial-birth” abortion ban was unconstitutional:
 

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Democrats Hope S.D. Win Is Fall Harbinger

For Immediate Release:

June 2, 2004

Contact:David Espo

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Democrats celebrated Stephanie Herseth's capture of a Republican-held seat in South Dakota on Wednesday, their second takeaway of the year, 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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For House Democrats, a Whiff of Victory

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May 28, 2004

Contact:Carl Hulse

New York Times

House Democrats do not usually like to talk about 1994, the year of their exile into the minority. It has been a bad memory, best left undisturbed.

But in a changing political climate, some Democrats are now taking a new look at their least favorite year and finding some heartening parallels with the current one. Democratic leaders say they believe they are poised to reverse the surprise Republican takeover of 1994, particularly if a continuing slip in public support for President Bush puts a breeze at their back.

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Democrat Sees Parallels to '94 Elections

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May 28, 2004

Contact:Jim Abrams

Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The second-ranking Democrat in the House sees parallels between now and 1994, when his party -- entrenched in power but shaken by dissension in the ranks and tied to a president in political trouble -- suffered a stunning defeat in the November elections.

But this time it's Republicans who are in the majority, find themselves divided on key issues and led by a president whose approval ratings are falling. If the election "were held today, we'd absolutely win back the House," Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland boasted recently.

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Democrats urge hearings in Abu Ghraib scandal

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May 24, 2004

Contact:Staff

Congress Daily

The top three House Democratic leaders sent a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., Monday requesting he call for committee hearings to investigate the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.

Democrats have called for hearings in recent weeks, but Hastert and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, have declined on the grounds that Congress should exercise its oversight power only if the military's investigation is deemed insufficient.

House Race in S.D. Mirrors Larger Struggle

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May 27, 2004

Contact:David Espo

Stephanie Herseth and Larry Diedrich are local candidates in a campaign with national stakes, South Dakota rivals in a congressional race that pits the political parties in a struggle as intense as their own.

Which explains why the Republican and Democratic House campaign committees have spent about $2 million on television ads in less than three months. And the parade of prominent politicians to the state, including Vice President Dick Cheney for Diedrich and House Democrats for Herseth.

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