Congress

Hoyer: Republicans Continue to Block Bipartisan Ethics Process

For Immediate Release:

April 14, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this afternoon after House Republicans defeated a Democratic effort to create a bipartisan task force to make recommendations to restore public confidence in the House ethics process:

“The ethics process in the House is in complete meltdown, and the responsibility for that lies squarely with the House Republican Majority.

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Hoyer Statement on Terri Schiavo

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March 20, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) delivered the following statement today on the Floor of the House of Representatives:

"Mr. Speaker, this has been an extraordinarily serious debate. It has been in many ways a real debate, with each Member rising and understanding the seriousness of the issues which we consider. On the one hand, we consider the life of one young woman, a young woman struck by tragedy, shared by her family and by her friends and by her country.

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Hoyer Assails Republican Weakening Of House's Ethics Standards

For Immediate Release:

January 4, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today spoke on the House Floor in opposition to Republicans’ weakening of the House’s ethical standards.   The following is Representative Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker, the opening day of a new Congress should be one in which the interests of this institution are paramount.  The body of rules we adopt to govern debate, decorum, and the actions of our Members should reflect that.

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Republicans Are Out-Of-Touch, Out-Of-Bounds

Democratic Whip Says New GOP Comments More Evidence of Desire to Inject Politics into Our Courts

For Immediate Release:

April 8, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to news reports regarding comments made by Majority Leader Tom DeLay and other leading Republicans:

“Everyday it becomes clearer that the Republican Party is out-of-touch with America and is increasingly stepping out-of-bounds in pushing their political agenda.

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Hoyer: Trustee’s Report Demonstrates That Social Security Is Not in “Crisis”

Democratic Whip Says President Is Delaying Bipartisan Action by Pushing Private-Account Proposal

For Immediate Release:

March 23, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the Social Security Trustees’ Report on the program:

“The Trustees’ report, once again, demonstrates that Social Security faces real long-term challenges that must be addressed in a bipartisan way, and it further undercuts the Republican Party’s claim that Social Security is in ‘crisis.’

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Selling Social Security reform the Democrat way

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March 16, 2005

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By Jules Witcover

Baltimore Sun
 


COLLEGE PARK - With President Bush flooding cable TV screens with town meetings around the country peddling his approach to Social Security reform, the Democrats are finally moving to fill the vacuum on their side, in their fashion.

U.S. House Approves $81.4 Bln War Spending Package

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March 16, 2005

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Bloomberg News

The U.S. House approved $81.4 billion in additional spending in 2005 for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, about $500 million less than President George W. Bush had requested.

The package, approved today by a vote of 388-43, includes $76.8 billion in defense spending. The remainder of the money will be used for foreign assistance, including aid to victims of the tsunami in Asia, and State Department programs.

Democratic ‘Doves’ Vs. Internationalists

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March 21, 2005

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By David Nather

Congressional Quarterly

Hoyer Weighs in On Social Security

At CSM, Democrat Criticizes Bush Plan

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February 24, 2005

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By Joshua Partlow
Washington Post

As members of Congress wage intellectual and policy battles over the future of Social Security, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) went to La Plata on Tuesday to make his case against privatizing parts of the program.

White House Social Security 'fact sheet' is anything but

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February 25, 2005

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By Robert Weiner
MY VIEW

Tallahassee Democrat

Last week's White House fact sheet on Social Security contains anything but the facts. It asserts that by 2027 the government will somehow have to come up with an extra $200 billion a year, and by 2033, more than $300 billion.

The "Strengthening Social Security for Future Generations" report goes on to predict that by 2042, "the system will be bankrupt."