Congress

Budget Battle Heads to Floor

For Immediate Release:

March 23, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings & Ben Pershing

Roll Call

As House Republicans work to build support for the fiscal 2005 budget, Democrats head into this week’s vote confident that their own Members will unanimously oppose the GOP bill.

IS IT IRRESPONSIBILITY WEEK IN THE U.S. HOUSE?

For Immediate Release:

March 16, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) challenged Republicans this week to offer a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2005 that reins in record budget deficits – rather than pretending to do so – and that meets America’s priorities.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement:

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Where’s the Republican Budget?

Republican Leaders Had Time to Whine,But Were Unable to Complete Budget

For Immediate Release:

March 12, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning regarding the House Republicans’ failure on Thursday to finish their Budget Committee markup of the FY05 Budget Resolution due to internal conflicts over spending levels and deficit reduction:

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Whip Hoyer Joins Democratic Leaders in Launching Discharge Petition on Bipartisan Manufacturing

Legislation Bipartisan Bill Would Keep Jobs in U.S., End Trade Sanctions

For Immediate Release:

March 10, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, along with Representative Baron Hill and the House Democratic Leadership, today signed a discharge petition that would force the House to vote on the bipartisan Rangel-Manzullo manufacturing bill.  The legislation will help American manufacturers create jobs in America and avoid potentially billions of dollars in European Union trade sanctions, which began on March 1. 

As the House Democratic Whip, Hoyer will lead the effort to collect signatures for this discharge petition.

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Hoyer: How Can We Pay Iraqis But Not Support Americans With No Paycheck, Few Job Prospects?

President Bush, Republicans Should Recognize Economic Reality and Extend Jobless Benefits

For Immediate Release:

March 10, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today calling on President Bush, who was campaigning in Ohio, to support the immediate extension of the Temporary Unemployment Compensation Program (TEUC).  The program, created in March 2002, provides temporary federal benefits for unemployed Americans who have run out of regular, state-funded jobless benefits.  Since the Republican Congressional leaders allowed the program to expire in December 760,000 Americans have been cut off from assistance.  Although the majority of

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Hoyer: Comments by Congressman Cole Are Completely Outrageous, Wrong and Should be Repudiated

Oklahoma Member Says Vote Against Bush is Like Supporting Hitler

For Immediate Release:

March 4, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding remarks attributed to Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4).  According to press reports, Congressman Cole said a vote against President Bush’s re-election is like supporting Adolf Hitler during World War II, and that, “If George Bush loses the election, Osama bin Laden wins the election.”

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Democrats Anticipate Momentum

For Immediate Release:

February 10, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

Fresh off their annual retreat to plot election-year strategy, House Democrats for the first time in recent months believe they have a legitimate shot at narrowing the margin of their minority, sources throughout the Caucus indicate.

For Hoyer, All Signs Point to Democratic Pickups

For Immediate Release:

February 17, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

Pointing to hoped-for gains in upcoming special elections, renewed vigor in Texas House races and the nation’s evolving political mood, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is painting an ever-rosier political picture for House Democrats heading into the 2004 elections.

Hoyer Presses For Investigation Into Smith Comments

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2004

Contact:Staff

CongressDaily

The flap over whether the House Ethics Committee should investigate statements by Rep. Nick Smith, R-Mich., about the Medicare prescription drug vote continued to simmer today.

House Minority Whip Hoyer, who has urged the committee to conduct an investigation into Smith statements that suggested he was offered a bribe for his vote, told reporters today he planned to speak with House Speaker Hastert this week. Hoyer said if the panel does not pursue the matter, he might take further action in the next two to four weeks, but declined to specify what that might be.

Brad's Little Problem

Why give now to Smith's son's campaign if it makes you look like a criminal?

For Immediate Release:

February 4, 2004

Contact:Timothy Noah

Slate

So, the system works after all. In the Feb. 4 Roll Call, Nicole Duran reports that the refusal by Rep. Nick Smith, R-Mich., to "toe the party line on Medicare does not seem to be hurting his son's campaign to succeed him in Congress."