Hoyer Seeks Hastert Intervention

For Immediate Release:

February 3, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings and Ben Pershing

Roll Call

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Monday he will for a third time call on Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) to urge the ethics committee to investigate alleged House floor bribery, but if the Republican leader continues to balk, he vowed Democrats will be forced to file a complaint.

Hoyer said he will reach out to Hastert this week to reiterate his request for the Speaker to urge the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to look into whether GOP Members or lobbyists tried to bribe Rep. Nick Smith (R-Mich.) to change his vote on last November’s Medicare bill.

Inquiry Sought In House Vote On Drug Plan For Medicare

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2004

Contact:Carl Hulse

The New York Times

A leading House Democrat has called on Speaker J. Dennis Hastert to initiate an ethics investigation into accusations of bribery during last November's vote on the new Medicare drug plan, warning that Democrats will conduct their own inquiry if the House leader does not act.

Burying the Bribe

Investigating Rep. Smith's charge is not "appropriate"?

For Immediate Release:

January 22, 2004

Contact:Timothy Noah


It's been a busy week for political news—the Iowa caucuses, the State of the Union address—making it the ideal moment for the House ethics committee to announce quietly that an investigation into a bribery allegation by Rep. Nick Smith, R-Mich., against the House Republican leadership would have "little to go on."

Hoyer, Ney Praise Voting Reform Funds In FY04 Omnibus

For Immediate Release:

January 23, 2004

Contact:Susan Davis


House Minority Whip Hoyer and House Administration Chairman Ney today lauded the passage of the FY04 omnibus appropriations bill for its inclusion of a $1.5 billion earmark to help fund the 2002 Help America Vote Act, which they co-sponsored.

"The money is not completely there, but it's on track," said Ney. To date, the act has received $3 billion of the $3.86 billion originally authorized, prompted by the 2000 presidential election recount debacle.

Hoyer Faults Bush Before State Of Union Speech

For Immediate Release:

January 20, 2004



House Minority Whip Hoyer faulted President Bush today for evaporated budget surpluses, education funding, healthcare issues and an environmental "assault on the air, the water and the land."

Democrats Focus on Jews

For Immediate Release:

January 14, 2004

Contact:Ron Kampeas

Jewish Times

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.

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Democratic Whip Hoyer Congratulates Representative Ben Chandler on Swearing-In

For Immediate Release:

February 24, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today congratulating Representative Ben Chandler on his swearing-in this evening:

“I would like to congratulate Ben Chandler on his swearing-in as the new representative of Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District.

“Ben will be an outstanding representative for central Kentucky.  He is hard working, experienced and has a strong independent voice.


Steny's Mission

For Immediate Release:

February 6, 2004

Contact:James D. Besser

Baltimore Jewish Times

It's the political conventional wisdom of the day: Congressional Republicans are starting to win the loyalty of Jewish voters because of their strong support for Israel.

Guess again, says Rep. Steny Hoyer, the Democratic whip in the House of Representatives. Mr. Hoyer, once the boy wonder of the Maryland State Senate - he was elected at 27 and became its president nine years later - is now the second-ranking Democratic Party leader in the House.

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Hoyer Statement on Committee on Standards of Official Conduct “Informal Fact-Finding”

For Immediate Release:

February 5, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the announcement by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct late last night that it had initiated an “informal fact-finding” into allegations that Representative Nick Smith was offered bribes in return for a yea vote on the controversial Medicare Prescription Drug legislation in November 2003: