Congress

Majority Leader Hoyer: Republican Stunt on DC Bill Shows Contempt for Taxpaying American Citizens

For Immediate Release:

March 22, 2007

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement regarding the DC Vote bill that was debated on the Floor today.  House Republicans used a parliamentary maneuver to delay the bill that would give DC citizens representation in the House:

"Today, House Republicans have shown contempt for the half-a-million taxpaying citizens of Washington, DC, who do not have representation in Congress – contradicting the basic founding principles of our nation.

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The Troika and the Surge

by Thomas L. Friedman

For Immediate Release:

March 21, 2007

Contact:New York Times

President Bush's Iraq surge policy is about a month old now, and there is only one thing you can say about it for certain: no matter what anyone in Congress, the military or the public has to say, it's going ahead. The president has the authority to do it and the veto power to prevent anyone from stopping him. Therefore, there's only one position to have on the surge anymore: hope that it works.

Does this mean that Democrats in Congress who are trying to shut down the war and force a deadline should take the advice of critics and shut up and let the surge play out?

Hoyer Statement on Democrats' Continued Efforts to Restore Government Accountability and Oversight

For Immediate Release:

March 13, 2007

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD), along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Whip James Clyburn, Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, held a press conference this morning to discuss their continued efforts to make government more accountable and transparent.  Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

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Democrats are Making Government More Accountable and Transparent

For Immediate Release:

March 16, 2007

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This week, Democrats passed five bills that build on our efforts to bring change to Washington and make government more accountable and transparent.

Read how Democrats are restoring accountablity and conducting real, meaningful oversight.

Summaries of the five bills:

Presidential Library Donation Reform Act

Hoyer Statement on Restoring Accountability in Goverment

For Immediate Release:

March 15, 2007

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

Click here to view the video of Majority Leader Hoyer's full remarks.

WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today in support of the five government accountability and transparency bills considered by the House this week.  Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

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Hoyer Statement on Introduction of the "District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007"

For Immediate Release:

March 9, 2007

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) issued the following statement today regarding the introduction of the “District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007:”

"It gives me great pride to join Delegate Norton and Representative Davis in introducing the “District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007” – historic legislation that will finally give the people of Washington, DC full representation in the United States House of Representatives.

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Leader Hoyer Announces Vote on DC Representation

For Immediate Release:

March 7, 2007

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on bringing voting rights for to the floor for a vote:

"I am pleased to announce that the House of Representatives will vote on a bill to give the people of Washington, DC full representation in the People's House by the end of the month. The people of the District have waited too long to have a voice in the House. Democrats promised to move this legislation in the first months of the new Congress and that is what we are doing."

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Hoyer Statement on Restoring Oversight in 110th Congress

For Immediate Release:

March 6, 2007

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on Democrats' commitment to restoring broad, vigorous, and effective oversight in the 110th Congress:

"This week, the House and Senate have launched hearings into two scandals - the neglect of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the firing of several U.S. Attorneys by the Bush Administration - that profoundly demonstrate just how important it is that Democrats have restored broad and vigorous oversight.

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On Oversight and Iraq, Congress Finally Asserts Itself

By Norman Ornstein

For Immediate Release:

March 7, 2007

Contact:Roll Call

The Iraq War is the topic of the day, the week, the month, the year. But before I get to it, I need to repeat a mantra that I will continue to chant: It’s the oversight, stupid.

Take the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It is clear that the problems of care for wounded veterans have been festering for more than three years and have been much greater for reservists and members of the National Guard. The lack of concern by the military brass has been matched by indifference elsewhere in the Pentagon.