Congress

Republican Cowboys

The GOP is shooting down its opposition on the Hill

For Immediate Release:

May 10, 2004

Contact:Mary Lynn F. Jones

American Prospect

"They deal with us [Democrats] the same way they deal with our allies around the world: 'It's our way or the highway'," House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer says. "'You do things our way or you don't play'."

So last week, the House Judiciary Committee passed, with an unfavorable recommendation, a constitutional amendment sponsored by Democratic Rep. Brian Baird along party lines.

House Democratic Leaders to Speaker Hastert: Investigate Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Scandal

Democratic Leaders Send Letter to Speaker

For Immediate Release:

May 24, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-228-3130

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, and House Democratic Caucus Chair Robert Menendez today called on Speaker Hastert to direct the relevant committees to investigate the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal. The full text of the letter follows:

The full text of the letter follows:

May 24, 2004

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert
Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
H-232 Capitol
Washington, D.C.  20515

Dear Mr. Speaker:

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REPUBLICANS GIVE NEW MEANING TO “DO-NOTHING” CONGRESS

Leave for Memorial Day Recess with Legislation Important to Jobs, Economy and Future Unfinished

For Immediate Release:

May 20, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

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House Democratic Leadership Challenges “Do-Nothing” Republican Majority

For Immediate Release:

May 20, 2004

Contact:

"Despite the burgeoning scandal over U.S. treatment of Iraqi prisoners and persistent concerns about the economy and the deficit, the House has been keeping bankers’ hours.” - Washington Post, 5/11/04

» HOYER: REPUBLICANS GIVE NEW MEANING TO “DO-NOTHING” CONGRESS, May 20, 2004

Bush, Republicans Push for Senate Budget Backing

For Immediate Release:

May 20, 2004

Contact:Anna Willard

Reuters

President Bush and Republican congressional leaders made a last ditch effort on Thursday to win support of Senate moderates in their own party for a budget they charge does not do enough to control record deficits.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved by just three votes a $2.4 trillion budget for 2005. But the resolution looks doomed in the closely divided Senate where a handful of moderate Republicans have said they will vote against it.

Hoyer Speaks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

Remarks of the Honorable Steny H. Hoyer, House Democratic Whip

For Immediate Release:

May 17, 2004

Contact:Rep. Steny Hoyer
202-225-3130

"I cannot tell you how honored I am to speak to the members of this great organization, who understand better than anyone the imperative of a free, independent Jewish State and who know that a secure, successful Israel serves the national interests of the United States of America.

 My friends, Israel does not stand alone in this world.  Her fight against those who would seek her destruction is America’s fight as well – as it should be the fight of all who love liberty and reject terrorism.

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HOYER ON IRAQI PRISONER ABUSE HEARINGS

“Today’s Hearing Was a First Step, Not the End of the Road”

For Immediate Release:

May 7, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-4463

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the House Armed Services Committee hearing today on the abuses of Iraqi prisoners:

“Democrats unquestionably want to succeed in Iraq and win the war on terrorism, and for that reason we want to see a full investigation into the abuses of Iraqi prisoners and full accountability for all those responsible up and down the chain of command.

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HOYER: THE HOUSE IS NOT FULFILLING ITS DUTY

Discusses House’s Role in Investigating Abuses of Iraqi Prisoners And Cover the Uninsured Week

For Immediate Release:

May 11, 2004

Contact:Steny Hoyer
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) made the following Floor statement today regarding the House’s role in investigating abuses of Iraqi prisoners and legislation being considered in the House for Covered the Uninsured week:

“Mr. Speaker, before I discuss legislation that will be considered on the Floor this week, I want to comment briefly on the continuing revelations about the abuse of Iraqi detainees in American custody and the need for vigorous congressional oversight through full and open committee hearings.

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Denver Post: Stop Attacks on Kerry

It's 2004, not 1971

For Immediate Release:

April 28, 2004

Contact:Editorial Board

Denver Post

It's time to end the sideshow created by attacks on Sen. John Kerry's Vietnam War record. It hardly seems possible that Dick Cheney can be leading the charge.

For that matter, the presidency of George W. Bush shouldn't rest on the issue of whether he gave his all to the Air National Guard.

This is 2004, not 1971, and the presidential candidates should get back on track and discuss things that really matter to voters today.

Hoyer Smells Change, Victory in the Air

For Immediate Release:

April 28, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

House Democrats are banking on what they believe is a growing desire among voters for change and Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) ability to win the presidential debate on national security in their quest to retake the chamber this cycle.

The high-stakes gamble to rely on an electorate unhappy with Republican rule and their presumptive presidential nominee’s war credentials comes on the heels of a major loss two years ago when House Democrats saw the number of seats they need to take back the House nearly double.

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