Congress

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.

From GOP, Zero Tolerance For Democratic War Critics

For Immediate Release:

May 13, 2004

Contact:Charles Babington

The Washington Post

Republicans have adopted a scorched-earth strategy toward Democrats who challenge the wisdom of the way the war in Iraq is being conducted. Such critics, GOP officials say, are not merely misguided but are craven cut-and-runners who help the enemy and put politics ahead of U.S. troops' safety.

Democrats ‘Whip’ for Herseth

For Immediate Release:

May 17, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

As part of House Democratic leaders’ final drive to elect South Dakotan Stephanie Herseth to the House, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) has tasked several well-placed Members with twisting arms within the Caucus to encourage contributions to her campaign.

Hoyer tapped roughly 10 lawmakers to work over their fellow Members until Congress adjourns for the Memorial Day recess, just a week before the June 1 special election that pits Herseth against state Sen. Larry Diedrich (R). Slightly more than half of the 205-member Democratic Caucus has contributed to Herseth so far.

Leaders Top Givers to ‘Frontline’ Democrats

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May 12, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

Heeding the call from House Democratic leaders to help out vulnerable incumbents, more than 15 rank-and-file Members have coughed up at least $15,000 each so far this cycle to help protect their colleagues.

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Republican Cowboys

The GOP is shooting down its opposition on the Hill

For Immediate Release:

May 10, 2004

Contact:Mary Lynn F. Jones

American Prospect

"They deal with us [Democrats] the same way they deal with our allies around the world: 'It's our way or the highway'," House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer says. "'You do things our way or you don't play'."

So last week, the House Judiciary Committee passed, with an unfavorable recommendation, a constitutional amendment sponsored by Democratic Rep. Brian Baird along party lines.

House Democratic Leaders to Speaker Hastert: Investigate Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Scandal

Democratic Leaders Send Letter to Speaker

For Immediate Release:

May 24, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-228-3130

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, and House Democratic Caucus Chair Robert Menendez today called on Speaker Hastert to direct the relevant committees to investigate the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal. The full text of the letter follows:

The full text of the letter follows:

May 24, 2004

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert
Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
H-232 Capitol
Washington, D.C.  20515

Dear Mr. Speaker:

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REPUBLICANS GIVE NEW MEANING TO “DO-NOTHING” CONGRESS

Leave for Memorial Day Recess with Legislation Important to Jobs, Economy and Future Unfinished

For Immediate Release:

May 20, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130


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House Democratic Leadership Challenges “Do-Nothing” Republican Majority

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May 20, 2004

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"Despite the burgeoning scandal over U.S. treatment of Iraqi prisoners and persistent concerns about the economy and the deficit, the House has been keeping bankers’ hours.” - Washington Post, 5/11/04

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