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HOYER STATEMENT ON RULING THAT PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BAN IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

For Immediate Release:

June 2, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, the lead Democratic sponsor of the Late-Term Abortion Restriction Act, released the following statement today following a ruling by a U.S. District Court that the recently enacted “partial-birth” abortion ban was unconstitutional:
 

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Democrats Hope S.D. Win Is Fall Harbinger

For Immediate Release:

June 2, 2004

Contact:David Espo

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Democrats celebrated Stephanie Herseth's capture of a Republican-held seat in South Dakota on Wednesday, their second takeaway of the year, and claimed it portends greater gains in the battle for control of Congress.

Republicans argued that local factors settled the race, but some conceded privately that a sour national mood and President Bush's slumping support contributed to the defeat of GOP contender Larry Diedrich.

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For House Democrats, a Whiff of Victory

For Immediate Release:

May 28, 2004

Contact:Carl Hulse

New York Times

House Democrats do not usually like to talk about 1994, the year of their exile into the minority. It has been a bad memory, best left undisturbed.

But in a changing political climate, some Democrats are now taking a new look at their least favorite year and finding some heartening parallels with the current one. Democratic leaders say they believe they are poised to reverse the surprise Republican takeover of 1994, particularly if a continuing slip in public support for President Bush puts a breeze at their back.

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Democrat Sees Parallels to '94 Elections

For Immediate Release:

May 28, 2004

Contact:Jim Abrams

Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The second-ranking Democrat in the House sees parallels between now and 1994, when his party -- entrenched in power but shaken by dissension in the ranks and tied to a president in political trouble -- suffered a stunning defeat in the November elections.

But this time it's Republicans who are in the majority, find themselves divided on key issues and led by a president whose approval ratings are falling. If the election "were held today, we'd absolutely win back the House," Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland boasted recently.

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Democrats urge hearings in Abu Ghraib scandal

For Immediate Release:

May 24, 2004

Contact:Staff

Congress Daily


The top three House Democratic leaders sent a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., Monday requesting he call for committee hearings to investigate the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.

Democrats have called for hearings in recent weeks, but Hastert and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, have declined on the grounds that Congress should exercise its oversight power only if the military's investigation is deemed insufficient.

House Race in S.D. Mirrors Larger Struggle

For Immediate Release:

May 27, 2004

Contact:David Espo

Stephanie Herseth and Larry Diedrich are local candidates in a campaign with national stakes, South Dakota rivals in a congressional race that pits the political parties in a struggle as intense as their own.

Which explains why the Republican and Democratic House campaign committees have spent about $2 million on television ads in less than three months. And the parade of prominent politicians to the state, including Vice President Dick Cheney for Diedrich and House Democrats for Herseth.

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Hoyer Predicts 'Dem Year'; Two Sides Dig Into S.D. Race

For Immediate Release:

May 21, 2004

Contact:Mark Wegner

CongressDaily

Drawing parallels to the months leading up to the GOP congressional sweep in 1994, House Minority Whip Hoyer said today the lackluster economy, the Iraq war and stalled legislative action create a political environment favorable to Democrats in 2004.

"I think if that wind comes, we are in a much, much better position than Republicans were in 1994 to take the seats we need to win the House back," he said in a political briefing with reporters.

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Democrats Tout Generic Ballot

For Immediate Release:

May 24, 2004

Contact:Chris Cillizza

Roll Call

Congressional Democrats — bolstered by Americans’ worries about the war in Iraq — have opened their largest lead in so-called generic-ballot tests since the summer of 1998, giving party leaders more optimism than they could have imagined having just a few months ago.

But experts differ about how much should be read into such poll results, with some questioning whether such a broad question picks up trends driving voters in the small number of seats that are considered truly competitive.

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House blocks overtime vote sought by Democrats

For Immediate Release:

May 18, 2004

Contact:Jim Abrams

Associated Press


For the second time in a week, House Republicans have blocked a Democratic attempt to force an election-year vote on the Bush administration's new overtime pay rules.

Tuesday's vote, 216-199, barred an effort by Democratic Rep. George Miller of California to get a vote on the new rules, which take effect in August. Miller's provision would require the Labor Department to retain the eligibility of all workers who currently qualify for overtime pay. The House had also rebuffed Miller's effort last week.

House Dems Chide GOP On Legislative Record

For Immediate Release:

May 20, 2004

Contact:Staff

CongressDaily

Top House Democrats, including House Minority Leader Pelosi and House Minority Whip Hoyer, today will highlight major bills Congress has failed to pass this session, including a reauthorization of surface transportation programs, a repeal of the foreign sales corporation/extraterritorial income tax scheme, a comprehensive energy package and a full, five-year FY05 budget resolution.