Congress

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

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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.

Democrats decry Republican tactics in marathon vote

For Immediate Release:

December 9, 2003

Contact:Edward Epstein

San Francisco Chronicle

Washington -- Angry House Democrats, still smarting over extraordinary parliamentary maneuvers that Republicans used last month to pass the Medicare bill President Bush signed Monday, sought to upstage Bush's big moment by taking to the floor to embarrass the House leadership.

HOYER: OMNIBUS SUBVERTS THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE’S CONGRESS

For Immediate Release:

December 8, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) this afternoon spoke out on the House Floor in opposition to the Republican FY 2004 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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HOYER LAUDS COLORADO DECISION REBUKING GOP EFFORT TO REDRAW CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS

For Immediate Release:

December 1, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning regarding the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision today invalidating new Congressional Districts redrawn by the state’s Republican legislature:

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GOP RETALIATES AGAINST DEMOCRATS FOR VOTING CONSCIENCE ON EDUCATION

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November 18, 2003

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Earlier this year, Democrats unanimously opposed the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill because it under-funded important programs - including funding Leave No Child Left Behind, the landmark education bill, $8 billion below the level called for in the bipartisan bill.

As the Session Winds Down, Sniping Rises on Capitol Hill

For Immediate Release:

November 8, 2003

Contact:Carl Hulse

The New York Times

Congress is winding down, which is causing the partisanship to be ratcheted up.

The Senate ground to a halt on Friday in a wave of political recriminations as Democrats accused the Republican majority and the White House of treating them arrogantly and dismissively. Republicans, in turn, demanded a formal apology for a Democratic memorandum they said reeked of trying to politicize the inquiry into how intelligence was used in the buildup to the Iraq war.

Rejection of 'Earmarks' Angers Democrats

GOP Subcommittee Chairman Says He Won't Honor Party's Projects in Bill

For Immediate Release:

November 7, 2003

Contact:Dan Morgan and Juliet Eilperin

The Washington Post

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (Md.), the House's second-ranking Democrat, hoped to use funds from a $138 billion spending bill now before Congress to upgrade the computer system at St. Mary's College of Maryland, modernize laboratories at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and support a nonprofit group that repairs the homes of poor, elderly and disabled Marylanders.