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House Leadership Appears Largely Stable on Both Sides for 109th Congress

For Immediate Release:

November 12, 2004

Contact:Susan Ferrechio
Congressional Quarterly

As the 108th Congress prepares to take its final votes, this also will be the week that the 109th Congress starts to take shape.

House freshmen are getting an indoctrination in the way things work, returning members are deciding whether to trade up to the more spacious offices of the soon-to-be-departed, and the House’s Republican Conference and Democratic Caucus are renewing the leases on their leadership teams.

Each will meet this week to elect their leaders and vote on the rules that will govern their respective parties.

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Statement of the Family Steering Committee on Stalled Intel Reform Bill

For Immediate Release:

November 24, 2004

Contact:Afshin Mohamadi
202-225-7944

Last week, the American people saw Washington at its worst.  Partisan politics, turf battles and status quo complacency took precedence over Congress's most fundamental and sacred obligation - to protect the citizens of this country against our enemies. America saw members of Congress sent scurrying home by Speaker Hastert, leaving unfinished the most important legislation of all - fixing the core problems that allowed 9/11 to happen.

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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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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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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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.