Congress

Hoyer: GOP Congress Failed Americans

For Immediate Release:

October 9, 2004

Contact:Associated Press Staff

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer criticized the Republican-controlled Congress on Saturday for "surrendering to its own intransigence and admitting that it cannot complete the work the people sent us here to do."

"The 108th Congress has failed, and the American people know that we can, and must, do better," the Maryland congressman said in the Democrats' weekly radio address.

Hoyer, his party's No. 2 leader in the House, said Republicans "hardly broke a sweat" this year and "worked fewer hours than any single session of Congress since 1948."

Ethics Rebuke to DeLay Prompts Democratic Calls for Ouster

For Immediate Release:

October 8, 2004

Contact:David Stout

New York Times

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 — Top House Democrats today condemned Representative Tom DeLay, the leader of the Republican majority, declaring that the latest ethics case against him proved that he had been corrupted by power and was unfit to lead.

"The ethical cloud that has been hanging over the Capitol has burst," Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, said at a news briefing. "Mr. DeLay has proven himself to be ethically unfit to lead the party.`

Democratic Leaders Call for DeLay's Ouster

For Immediate Release:

October 8, 2004

Contact:Charles Babington

Washington Post

House Democratic leaders and several outside groups called for Majority Leader Tom DeLay to resign his post yesterday, saying that three admonishments by the House ethics committee in one week disqualify him for the chamber's second-highest leadership job. Fellow Republicans staunchly defended the Texas lawmaker, even as some said the consecutive rebukes may complicate his prospects of ever becoming speaker.

House Dems call for DeLay to step down

Majority leader cited again by House Ethics Committee

For Immediate Release:

October 8, 2004

Contact:CNN Staff

CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The senior leadership of House Democrats, citing three rebukes of Rep. Tom DeLay by the House ethics committee in a week, called Thursday for him to be ousted as majority leader.

"Mr. DeLay has proven himself to be ethically unfit to lead the party," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters.

"Republicans must answer: Do they want an ethically unfit person to be their party leader, or do they want to remove the ethical cloud that hangs over the Capitol?" she said.

House Leadership - Democrats, Public Interest Groups Urge DeLay To Resign

For Immediate Release:

October 8, 2004

Contact:Susan Davis

National Journal

House Democratic leaders and public interest groups today called
on House Majority Leader DeLay to resign his leadership post,
noting that Wednesday's rebuke by the House Ethics Committee is
the fourth against DeLay in his career -- with three of them
coming in the last week.

House Democrats Set Goals, Seek Return to Power

For Immediate Release:

September 23, 2004

Contact:Thomas Ferraro

Reuters

In a scene reminiscent of the 1994 "Republican Revolution" that turned the U.S. Congress upside down, Democrats on Wednesday set ambitious goals for the nation and urged voters to finally put them back in charge.

Standing outside the Capitol, lawmakers spelled out "six core values" -- on such matters as defense, education, job creation and fiscal responsibility -- that they hope will help them win the Nov. 2 elections and end a decade of Republican control of the House of Representatives.

Hoyer Close to Suing Switcher

For Immediate Release:

October 6, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

Lawyers for House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) late last week sent a legal “demand letter” to party switching Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), insisting the one-time Democrat return $35,000 in Hoyer campaign contributions by Oct. 15 or face a lawsuit.

House Opposes Overtime Rules

Democrats Prevail in 223 to 193 Vote

For Immediate Release:

September 10, 2004

Contact:Dan Morgan

Washington Post

The House voted 223 to 193 yesterday to block the Bush administration's sweeping new eligibility rules for overtime pay, giving Democrats a significant victory that they hope will boost the party's standing among middle-class voters in key battleground states in the fall election.

Twenty-two pro-labor Republicans, most of them from the North and the Midwest, joined a solid bloc of Democrats to prevent the Labor Department from enforcing the regulations, which took effect Aug. 23. But it is unclear whether yesterday's action will stand.

House Dems set out ‘Six Core Values’ for unified 2004 campaign message

For Immediate Release:

September 23, 2004

Contact:Alexander Bolton

The Hill

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) fulfilled a promise to fellow Democrats that they would have a coherent message to take to voters this fall by unveiling a six-point plan for a “New Partnership for America’s Future” yesterday.

Flanked by more than 150 members of her caucus, Pelosi said the pamphlet of “Six Core Values” would help Democrats articulate the message that will propel them to the majority for the first time since 1994.

Hoyer: West Can Be Won

For Immediate Release:

September 7, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

PHOENIX — Three candidates. Forty-eight hours. Ten events. Four Western cities.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) spent three days last week on a whirlwind tour of Colorado and Arizona, where Democratic leaders have their sights on three potential pickups in November. His Western campaign is part of a concerted effort by the minority leadership to take back the chamber this cycle, and the second visit in as many weeks by the top two House leaders.