Congress

U.S. House Approves $81.4 Bln War Spending Package

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March 16, 2005

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Bloomberg News

The U.S. House approved $81.4 billion in additional spending in 2005 for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, about $500 million less than President George W. Bush had requested.

The package, approved today by a vote of 388-43, includes $76.8 billion in defense spending. The remainder of the money will be used for foreign assistance, including aid to victims of the tsunami in Asia, and State Department programs.

Democratic ‘Doves’ Vs. Internationalists

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March 21, 2005

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By David Nather

Congressional Quarterly

Hoyer: Trustee’s Report Demonstrates That Social Security Is Not in “Crisis”

Democratic Whip Says President Is Delaying Bipartisan Action by Pushing Private-Account Proposal

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March 23, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
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WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the Social Security Trustees’ Report on the program:

“The Trustees’ report, once again, demonstrates that Social Security faces real long-term challenges that must be addressed in a bipartisan way, and it further undercuts the Republican Party’s claim that Social Security is in ‘crisis.’

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Hoyer Weighs in On Social Security

At CSM, Democrat Criticizes Bush Plan

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February 24, 2005

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By Joshua Partlow
Washington Post

As members of Congress wage intellectual and policy battles over the future of Social Security, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) went to La Plata on Tuesday to make his case against privatizing parts of the program.

White House Social Security 'fact sheet' is anything but

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February 25, 2005

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By Robert Weiner
MY VIEW

Tallahassee Democrat

Last week's White House fact sheet on Social Security contains anything but the facts. It asserts that by 2027 the government will somehow have to come up with an extra $200 billion a year, and by 2033, more than $300 billion.

The "Strengthening Social Security for Future Generations" report goes on to predict that by 2042, "the system will be bankrupt."

Democrat Calls Bush's Budget 'Fiscally Irresponsible Fraud'

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February 7, 2005

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By Melanie Hunter, CNSNews.com Deputy Managing Editor
CNS News

A top House Democrat Monday called President Bush's $2.75 trillion budget plan "fiscally irresponsible fraud" that will be rejected by members of the president's own party.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the president's fiscal year 2006 budget "deliberately excludes the trillions of dollars" needed to implement Bush's Social Security privatization plan as well as the money needed to fund the Iraq war effort.

Hoyer Pushes For Hefley Probe

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February 9, 2005

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By John Bresnahan
Roll Call

Rep. Hoyer whipping the GOP

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February 16, 2005

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By Hans Nichols 

The Hill


House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) waded into Republican territory yesterday, releasing a whip count of 29 Republicans he says are on record opposing “all or major parts of President Bush’s plan” for Social Security reform.

Given the GOP’s 14-vote margin in the House, Hoyer reasons that Republicans will need to initiate a more serious conversation with Democrats if they are nursing any hopes of passing a plan this session.

Hoyer: Republican Budget Betrays Our Values

Democratic Whip Chastises Republicans for Driving Our Nation Even Deeper Into Debt

For Immediate Release:

March 17, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the House Republican budget for Fiscal Year 2006, and the Democratic alternative offered by Rep. John Spratt (SC), the Ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee:

“Mr. Speaker, this Republican budget conclusively demonstrates one thing: that when it comes to audacity, our friends on the other side of the aisle have an unlimited supply.

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Hoyer Statement on Tax Reform and the Budget

Democratic Budget Promotes Lower Taxes, Fairness and

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March 17, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today praising the inclusion of tax reform language in the House Democratic 2006 Budget.  Whip Hoyer worked with John Spratt, the Ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, to include the language in this year’s Democratic budget:

“In our 2006 Budget, Democrats reiterate our commitment to making the tax code fairer and simpler for the American people. 

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