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DEBACLE ON TAXPAYER PROVISION EPITOMIZES REPUBLICANS’ ABUSE OF PROCESS

Hoyer Says House Republicans Refuse to Let House Work Its Will on Omnibus and Other Bills

For Immediate Release:

December 6, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House considered legislation directing the Clerk of the House to delete a provision from the Omnibus Appropriations Bill that could have given staff members of the Appropriations Committee broad access to Americans’ tax returns:

“This entire episode is the tip of the iceberg of a much more serious problem that ought to concern the American people: the abuse of power that has now become routine under this Republican House Majority.

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HOYER STATEMENT ON CONTROVERSIAL TAXPAYER PROVISION

Says Republican Abuse of Power Is At Fault, Democratic Objections Will Help Force Vote on 9/11 Legislation

For Immediate Release:

November 24, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement today regarding the inclusion of a controversial provision which would have given certain Congressional staff access to taxpayers' tax returns in the massive 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Conference Report:

“This colossal blunder was anticipated. 

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HOYER: REPUBLICANS SELL SOUL TO STAY IN POWER

For Immediate Release:

November 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) released the following statement in response to a rules change approved by the House Republican Conference that will allow leaders indicted by a state grand jury to continue to serve:

“Today, Republicans sold their collective soul to maintain their grip on power.

“They unabashedly abandoned any pretense of holding themselves to a high ethical standard by deciding to ignore criminal indictments of their leaders as reason for removal from leadership posts in the Republican Party.

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HOYER: REPUBLICANS’ INCREASE OF DEBT LIMIT IMMORAL

Republican Policies Force Third Increase in Three Years

For Immediate Release:

November 18, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in anticipation of a House vote to raise the limit on the amount of debt America can incur:

“It is ironic that Republicans’ first major action after an election in which they touted their strong sense of morality will be one of immense immorality.

“Republicans’ irresponsible policies have left them no choice but to raise the limit on the amount of debt America can incur.  But there is a choice in how it is raised.

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DEMOCRATIC WHIP STENY HOYER ON RE-ELECTION TO HIS LEADERSHIP POST

For Immediate Release:

November 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Members of the Democratic Caucus unanimously re-elected him to serve as the Whip, the Party’s second-ranking leadership position:

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GOP, Democratic Leaders Stump For Their Candidates

For Immediate Release:

October 13, 2004

Contact:Susan Davis

CongressDaily

With Election Day less than three weeks away, House GOP and Democratic leaders are canvassing the country for their candidates and incumbents. While Republicans are working to maintain or grow their majority, Democrats are waging a long-shot bid to take back the House, or at least narrow the GOP's current 227-205 majority.

A spokesman for Majority Leader DeLay declined to provide his pre-election schedule, noting a long-standing policy not to disclose DeLay's political travels. But DeLay said last week his priorities are twofold.

Hoyer's Lock on 5th District Likely to Continue

For Immediate Release:

October 27, 2004

Contact:K KAUFMANN

Capital News Service

WASHINGTON - Steny Hoyer is standing on a playing field at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Beltsville, exhorting a group of eighth graders to stay physically fit. He is, as ever, eloquent and impeccably dressed, not a sleek, silver hair out of place. With the thermometer pushing 80 degrees, he hasn't even rolled up his sleeves.

As he finishes his speech, one of the 13-year-olds surrounding him raises her hand and calls out: "Who are you?"

The No. 2 House Democrat doesn't miss a beat.

"I'm your congressman," he said. "I'm Steny Hoyer."

Democrats: 'Time for new leadership'

For Immediate Release:

October 9, 2004

Contact:Staff

CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Democratic congressman Saturday slammed the Republican-led Congress, saying it is "time for new leadership" and urged voters to elect Democrats to the House and Senate.

U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the House Democratic whip, listed what he termed as many GOP failures and quoted a congressional scholar to describe the 108th Congress -- "pretty pathetic."

He delivered the Democrats' weekly radio address.

HOYER: IMPASSE ON INTELLIGENCE REFORM DEMONSTRATES THE IMPORTANCE OF ELECTING DEMOCRATS TO HOUSE MAJORITY

Democratic Whip Says House Republicans Are “Constitutionally Incapable” of Bipartisan Consensus on Key Issue

For Immediate Release:

October 27, 2004

Contact:Anna Bell Farrar
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the continuing impasse on an intelligence reform bill and the failure of this Republican Congress to enact legislation on other major issues:

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Democrats: Republican 'Hammer' should step down

For Immediate Release:

October 8, 2004

Contact:Staff

Agence France Presse

Outraged Democrats called Thursday for the resignation of senior Republican lawmaker Tom DeLay for a "disturbing pattern of corruption" following his censure by a House ethics panel.

The US House of Representatives' Ethics Committee on Wednesday unanimously admonished DeLay for improper activities and abuse of power.

"This is the second admonishment in less than a week and the third during the course of Mr. DeLay's career," said fellow Texas lawmaker and longtime DeLay nemesis Chris Bell, at a press conference Thursday.