Congress

Dems urge White House restraint on whistleblower

For Immediate Release:

March 16, 2004

Contact:Staff

United Press International

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- Democrats are urging President Bush not to retaliate against a whistleblower who spoke out on alleged White House efforts to suppress Medicare program.

A letter sent to Bush Monday by Sens. Jon Corzine, D-N.J., Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., asked Bush to instruct staff to avoid taking action against Richard Foster for speaking out about alleged White House efforts aimed at keeping Congress in the dark about alternative higher cost estimates for the new Medicare prescription drug program.

Ethics Truce Frays in House

Democrats Torn Over Investigating GOP

For Immediate Release:

March 17, 2004

Contact:Charles Babington and Dan Morgan

Washington Post

A seven-year ethics truce between congressional Republicans and Democrats has begun to fray under the weight of mounting alleged abuses by House GOP leaders and tensions among Democrats over how aggressively to pursue the matters.

Common Cause

For Immediate Release:

March 9, 2004

Contact:Mary Lynn Jones

American Prospect

After the 2000 presidential election, liberals and centrists blamed one another for Al Gore's loss. Liberals argued that Gore's populist message helped his campaign. Centrists countered that Gore went too far to the left to attract enough votes to win.

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Open Checkbooks: So Far This Cycle, DeLay, Hoyer Give More Than Hastert, Pelosi

For Immediate Release:

March 5, 2004

Contact:Allison Stevens

Congressional Quarterly

Open Checkbooks: So Far This Cycle, DeLay, Hoyer Give More Than Hastert, Pelosi
By Allison Stevens, CQ Staff
When it comes to colleague-to-colleague giving, the No. 2 leaders are the tops.

In the Senate, Majority Whip Mitch McConnell has ponied up far more cash for other people's campaigns so far than his boss, Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.

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Leaders Ponder Rewards for Newcomer

For Immediate Release:

February 23, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

House Democratic leaders are scrambling to find a plum committee slot to reward their newest Member, Rep.-elect Ben Chandler (D-Ky.), for wresting away a Republican seat and giving them much-needed momentum heading into the 2004 elections.

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Rational Exuberance

For Immediate Release:

February 26, 2004

Contact:Terence Samuel

The American Prospect

There is a strange, rare political species quietly roaming the landscape these days. Long endangered and occasionally thought to be extinct, its sudden re-emergence is as startling as it is sublime, particularly on Capitol Hill, where it seemed to face a fate on par with what the dinosaurs endured.

Here, of course, I speak of the Hopeful Democrat.

Caution on Election Reform Urged

For Immediate Release:

March 8, 2004

Contact:Amy Keller

Roll Call

Congressional sponsors of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 cautioned their colleagues that ongoing efforts to amend the law to deal with security issues could do more harm than good.

In a “Dear Colleague” letter last week, Reps. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) warned against a rush to judgment on HAVA, urging lawmakers to let the new Election Assistance Commission examine issues related to the security of electronic voting systems.

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Democrats Take Kentucky Special Election

For Immediate Release:

February 17, 2004

Contact:Chris Cillizza

Roll Call

Former state Attorney General Ben Chandler (D) won a convincing victory tonight over state Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr (R) in Kentucky's 6th district, handing House Democrats their first victory in a Republican held-seat in a special election since 1991.

Chandler had 55 percent to Kerr's 43 percent with 100 percent of precincts in the 16-county central Kentucky district reporting.

The seat opened up after then-Rep. Ernie Fletcher (R) won last November's gubernatorial race against Chandler.

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HOYER STATEMENT ON THE 2005 BUDGET

Democratic Budget Strong on Security, Invests in America’s Priorities

For Immediate Release:

March 25, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today spoke on the House Floor in opposition to the fiscal year 2005 House Republican budget, and in support of the House Democratic budget, which would balance the budget in 8 years and invest in America’s priorities.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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HOYER: DEMOCRATIC UNITY ON BUDGET VOTE DRAWS CLEAR DISTINCTIONS

Democrats Vote for Responsible Democratic Budget, Against Irresponsible GOP Budget

For Immediate Release:

March 25, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this evening after the Democratic Caucus united in voting against the Republican Budget Resolution for FY05 and for the Democrats’ budget alternative:
“House Democrats sent a crystal clear message to the American people today by strongly supporting our Democratic budget plan for Fiscal Year 2005 and unanimously opposing the irresponsible Republican budget.

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