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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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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.

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.

Probe Sought in Claim Of Medicare-Vote Bribe

For Immediate Release:

December 9, 2003

Contact:News Staff

Washington Post

The House's second-ranking Democrat yesterday called for an ethics investigation into a Michigan congressman's assertion that unnamed GOP colleagues offered $100,000 for his son's congressional campaign if the lawmaker would vote for a contentious Medicare bill.

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) said the House ethics committee "ought to investigate," although he did not file a formal request in the case involving Rep. Nick Smith (R-Mich.).

HOYER ON JANKLOW DECISION TO RESIGN

For Immediate Release:

December 9, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the announcement by Rep. William Janklow (R-SD) that he plans to resign from Congress on January 20.  Congressman Janklow’s announcement came one hour after a jury found him guilty of felony manslaughter:

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After Criticizing Jim Wright in '87, GOP Used His Tactic

For Immediate Release:

November 22, 2003

Contact:David Hawkings

CQ

In the pre-dawn partisan tumult after the extended Medicare vote, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., took to the microphones to liken the situation to one 16 years before — an instance that remains one of the formative moments of the House's current political dynamic.

Amid successes, GOP-led Congress leaves stubborn issues unresolved

For Immediate Release:

November 28, 2003

Contact:Jim Abrams

Associated Press

The congressional year ends with the future of President Bush's vaunted energy bill uncertain and no decision on how to fix the nation's crumbling highways or avoid a looming trade war with Europe. With Republicans in control of the White House and both houses of Congress, it wasn't supposed to be this hard.