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



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


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


" ... 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.

For the Record

For Immediate Release:

February 4, 2004


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,

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.


For Immediate Release:

March 4, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen

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.


House Democrats Want Bribery Probe

For Immediate Release:

February 3, 2004



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, a House Democratic leader said on Tuesday.

But Republicans countered that Democrats were trying to "throw mud" and end an unofficial ethics truce between the two parties that has lasted since the late 1990s.

An End to Ethics Truce?

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

House Democrats are on the cusp of breaking the seven-year cease-fire with Republicans over filing ethics complaints, sources throughout the Caucus confirm.
Senior aides and Members say a rank-and-file Democrat will file a formal ethics complaint in the coming weeks unless Republicans — most likely Speaker Dennis Hastert (Ill.) — persuade the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to investigate at least one of several matters they say warrant an inquiry.

Area House Members Urge Parity for Civilian Workers

For Immediate Release:

February 1, 2004

Contact:Stephen Barr

The Washington Post

A group of Washington-area House members plans to introduce a resolution Tuesday that would put the House on record in support of a "pay parity" raise in the upcoming fiscal 2005 budget debate.

The proposed resolution traditionally kicks off a Kabuki-like dance that can last into autumn if Congress decides to increase federal pay more than the president recommends in his budget, which is scheduled for release tomorrow.