Congress

Hoyer, Blue Dogs Tackle Ballooning Bush Debt

Inflate Giant Red Balloon, Denounce GOP “Hot Air” on PAYGO Budget Mechanism

For Immediate Release:

March 18, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and the Blue Dog Coalition inflated a giant red balloon today as a symbol of the ballooning Bush Debt.  The Democrats also denounced the Republican leadership’s and Administration’s “hot air” on their ineffective “pay-as-you-go” (PAYGO) budget mechanism that only applies to spending and not to tax cuts. 

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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.

Hoyer 'Made to Order' as Minority Whip

Md. Democrat's Conservative Image, Newfound Pugnacity Help Party

For Immediate Release:

February 22, 2004

Contact:Spencer Hsu

The Washington Post

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Shortly before he won a House seat in a special election Tuesday, Democrat A.B. "Ben" Chandler hosted a horse country fundraiser with a rare Washington guest, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland.

Democratic Congressional leaders seldom draw a warm embrace in Kentucky's bourbon-and-bluegrass belt, where Republicans rule and George W. Bush carried 57 percent of the vote in 2000. Maybe it was the friendly crowd of trial lawyers, or the $39,500 in checks that Hoyer delivered, that had Chandler beaming as he introduced the House's number two Democrat.

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Hoyer Statement on Iraq Resolution

For Immediate Release:

March 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 557, applauding the valiant and heroic service of our armed forces in Iraq.  However, Rep. Hoyer opposed the partisan drafting of the resolution.  Republicans once again excluded Democrats, and the 130 million Americans they represent, from providing any input on this important resolution.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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DEMOCRATIC WHIP HOYER STATEMENT ON INITIATION OF INVESTIGATION INTO REPRESENTATIVE NICK SMITH ALLEGATIONS

For Immediate Release:

March 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement this evening in response to an announcement by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct that it was initiating an Investigative Subcommittee into allegations raised by Representative Nick Smith (R-MI) regarding the Medicare vote last Fall:

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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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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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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: 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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