Congress

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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HOYER STATEMENT ON PROTECTION OF VOTING RIGHTS IN CONGRESSIONAL CONTINUTITY LEGISLATION

For Immediate Release:

April 22, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today praising the passage of a Democratic Motion to Recommit on the Continuity in Representation Act of 2003 (H.R. 2844), which ensured that the bill would not supercede existing civil rights and voting rights laws in the application of any special elections:

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Hoyer on Holocaust Remembrance at U.S. Capitol: History Compels Our Eternal Vigilance

For Immediate Release:

April 22, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

Last Sunday (April 18), the world observed Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Over the course of this week, events were held around the world honoring the lives of the estimated six million victims of Nazi aggression and genocide that were stolen during the Holocaust.  Today, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s National Commemoration of the Days of Remembrance in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol:

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Maryland lawmaker pledges to fight for Lewis & Clark water

For Immediate Release:

April 16, 2004

Contact:David Kranz

Argus Leader

A senior member of the House Appropriations Committee says he can make a good argument to President Bush about the value of the Lewis & Clark water pipeline project, even though the president isn't a fan of the spending.

U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., visited with area mayors and Lewis & Clark officials about the project Thursday at the request of Stephanie Herseth, Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives.

House minority whip stumps for Democratic candidates

For Immediate Release:

April 16, 2004

Contact:Kevin O'Hanlon

Associated Press

U.S. House minority whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., stumped in Nebraska Friday for Democratic congressional candidates Matt Connealy and Nancy Thompson.

Hoyer appeared at a Thompson rally in Omaha and later attended a rally in Lincoln with Connealy.

He told those at the Lincoln rally outside the United Steel Workers Hall just what they wanted to hear -- that the Bush administration is not creating enough jobs and has done nothing to stop the outsourcing of jobs overseas.

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House Leadership Profile: Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer

For Immediate Release:

April 3, 2004

Contact:Jonathan Allen

Congressional Quarterly

At 64, Hoyer is, in the main, the model of civility, a legislative veteran of almost four decades whose fierce advocacy and party loyalty are tempered by a respectful manner and a rare drive to work with all of his congressional colleagues.

"Steny is not one who looks for a compromise," said former Rep. Steve Bartlett, R-Texas (1983-91), a longtime friend who heads The Financial Services Roundtable. "He looks for common ground."

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Deficit Sparks Family Feud Among House Republicans

For Immediate Release:

March 13, 2004

Contact:Mary Curtius

Los Angeles Times

A revolt by party members worried about record deficits has delayed for at least a week the Republican leadership's plan to produce a House budget for fiscal 2005 to marry with the budget passed early Friday morning by the Senate.

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.