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Bi-Partisan Washington, D.C. Regional Delegation Sends Message to President:

Adhere to Historic Bi-Partisan Congressional Policy of Pay Parity

For Immediate Release:

January 21, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

The bipartisan Washington, DC regional delegation, led by House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), sent a letter today to President Bush urging that he support the principle of pay parity in his upcoming fiscal year 2005 budget proposal.  The bipartisan group included Democratic Whip Hoyer, Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rep. Al Wynn (D-MD), Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), Rep. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rep.

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HOYER REQUESTS INVESTIGATION INTO LEAKING OF INTERIOR DEPARTMENT IG REPORT

Questions if Leak is Part of Effort to Defame Chief Theresa Chambers

For Immediate Release:

January 15, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

January 15, 2004

Mr. Earl E. Devaney
Inspector General
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC  20240

Dear Mr. Devaney:

It is with some concern that I read media coverage of a report by your office concerning security on the National Mall.  It is my understanding that due to the sensitive nature of this report it has not been publicly released but instead has been leaked in an unauthorized fashion.

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2003: Democrats Fight for America's Working Families, Republicans Serve Special Interests

For Immediate Release:

December 8, 2003

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In 2003 Democrats fought for working families: expanding economic opportunity, improving schools and health care, protecting Social Security and Medicare. Republicans served special interests: passing tax cuts that left the middle class behind and a Rx drug bill that helped pharmaceutical companies instead of seniors, and failing to fully fund the No Child Left Behind education bill. See the links below for more information.

» The 2003 Republican Report Card

Hoyer: Supreme Court Should Strike Down Trampling of Texans' Rights

Texas Democrats Are Tested and Tough, Will Fight Injustice to the End

For Immediate Release:

January 6, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer released the following statement today in response to the decision by a three-judge panel upholding new boundaries drawn for the State of Texas's 32 Congressional Districts:

"Americans of all political persuasions who believe that that fairness and equality at the polls are more important than the unchecked accumulation of political power will be as angry as I am by today's decision by a three-judge Federal panel to uphold Tom DeLay's Texas redistricting plan.

Worried that Jews will go for Bush, Democrats plotting a counterstrategy

For Immediate Release:

January 6, 2004

Contact:Ron Kampeas

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (JTA) — Worried by signs of President Bush´s soaring popularity among Jews, Democrats launched a coordinated campaign 18 months ago to win back Jewish votes.

In recent interviews with the JTA, top Democrats who attended the meetings disclosed the secret strategy sessions for the first time.

Bribery, Extortion

For Immediate Release:

January 5, 2004

Contact:Editorial

Roll Call

If ever there was a case that cried out for investigation by the House ethics committee and the Justice Department, it is the evident bribery and extortion attempts applied to Rep. Nick Smith (R-Mich.) to get him to support the House leadership and the Bush administration on the Medicare conference vote. Instead of merely lamenting roughhouse GOP tactics, it’s time for the House Democratic leadership to file an ethics complaint in the Smith case.

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REPUBLICANS CUT AND RUN BEFORE GETTING THE PEOPLE’S BUSINESS DONE

For Immediate Release:

December 10, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today criticized the Republican majority that controls Congress for ending the first session of the 108th Congress before completing the 2004 appropriations process.  Republican mismanagement means that critical federal programs are operating at 2003 budget levels and millions of Americans will experience difficulty in obtaining needed services:

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DEMOCRATIC WHIP HOYER ON SENATOR PAUL SIMON

“He Brought Midwestern Intelligence and Integrity to Congress”

For Immediate Release:

December 9, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to news reports of the passing of former Illinois Senator Paul Simon:

  “Senator Paul Simon had an epic political career that anybody would be proud to claim as their legacy.  He was an honest man whose long fight for responsible fiscal policies continues to resonate today.  He brought Midwestern intelligence and integrity to Congress – qualities that are often too scare in Washington.

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Hoyer strives to keep Jewish vote for Dems

For Immediate Release:

December 10, 2003

Contact:Hans Nichols

The Hill

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer’s (D-Md.) speech Monday to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will cap a yearlong strategy aimed at preventing an exodus of Jewish voters from Democratic ranks.

In response to renewed Republican efforts to capture Jewish voters and donors from the Democrats’ traditional base, Hoyer has implemented a multiprong plan to make support for Israel a touchstone of Democratic policy, say lawmakers, aides and party operatives.

Medicare and the Prescription Drug Bill

For Immediate Release:

December 9, 2003

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Republican leaders in Washington have decided to capitalize on the need to add a prescription drug bill to Medicare and push through a Trojan Horse that will actually end the program that has dramatically improved senior health care for almost four decades.

Read more about Democrats' fight to lower drug costs and provide an affordable and reliable drug benefit, and against Republican efforts to privatize and dismantle Medicare under cover of providing seniors a prescription drug benefit.