Congress

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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Democrats Anticipate Momentum

For Immediate Release:

February 10, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

Fresh off their annual retreat to plot election-year strategy, House Democrats for the first time in recent months believe they have a legitimate shot at narrowing the margin of their minority, sources throughout the Caucus indicate.

For Hoyer, All Signs Point to Democratic Pickups

For Immediate Release:

February 17, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

Pointing to hoped-for gains in upcoming special elections, renewed vigor in Texas House races and the nation’s evolving political mood, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is painting an ever-rosier political picture for House Democrats heading into the 2004 elections.

Hoyer Presses For Investigation Into Smith Comments

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2004

Contact:Staff

CongressDaily

The flap over whether the House Ethics Committee should investigate statements by Rep. Nick Smith, R-Mich., about the Medicare prescription drug vote continued to simmer today.

House Minority Whip Hoyer, who has urged the committee to conduct an investigation into Smith statements that suggested he was offered a bribe for his vote, told reporters today he planned to speak with House Speaker Hastert this week. Hoyer said if the panel does not pursue the matter, he might take further action in the next two to four weeks, but declined to specify what that might be.

Brad's Little Problem

Why give now to Smith's son's campaign if it makes you look like a criminal?

For Immediate Release:

February 4, 2004

Contact:Timothy Noah

Slate

So, the system works after all. In the Feb. 4 Roll Call, Nicole Duran reports that the refusal by Rep. Nick Smith, R-Mich., to "toe the party line on Medicare does not seem to be hurting his son's campaign to succeed him in Congress."

Bush's Unified Government

For Immediate Release:

February 8, 2004

Contact:Paul Vitello

Newsday

" ... We will let you know."

- President George W. Bush, during his announcement of the formation Friday of a commission to investigate national intelligence lapses.

In the 27 months since he lost the popular vote by half a million ballots and won a majority in the Electoral College only by the intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court, George W. Bush has become leader of a uniquely unified government.

His party doesn't just control the White House, the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

House Dems seek ethics probe

They want study of Michigan lawmaker's claim of bribe offered for Medicare vote

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2004

Contact:Katherine Hutt Scott

Gannett News Service

WASHINGTON — If the House ethics committee doesn’t investigate allegations of arm-twisting during voting on a Medicare bill, a House Democratic leader said Tuesday that Democrats will file a formal complaint within a few weeks.

A formal complaint would compel the ethics committee to look into allegations that Rep. Nick Smith, R-Addison, was subjected to a bribe offer and threats in a high-pressure attempt to win his vote for Medicare legislation in November. The bill was a priority of the Bush administration and Republican congressional leadership.

WHIP HOYER AND BLUE DOGS DENOUNCE RISING BUSH DEBT

For Immediate Release:

March 4, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and leaders of the Blue Dog Coalition expressed deep concern today with the rapidly mounting public debt, which has soared $2 trillion since President Bush took office.  Over the next 10 years, President Bush’s policies would add $8 trillion dollars to the nation’s debt.  Rep. Hoyer, joined by Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications; Rep. Charlie Stenholm (D-TX), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Policy; Rep. Jim Turner, Blue Dog Co-Chair for Administration; and Rep.

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For the Record

For Immediate Release:

February 4, 2004

Contact:Staff

Washington Post

House Democrats may file an ethics complaint if Republican congressional leaders do not open an investigation into whether bribes were offered to win passage of the Medicare prescription drug bill,