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Hoyer Statement on Inaugural Address

For Immediate Release:

January 20, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-1120
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding President Bush's Inaugural Address: "President Bush's Inaugural Address was a reaffirmation of our nation's steadfast commitment to the cause of freedom and democracy. We are a nation born through revolution, and history and our national character command us to aid the march of human liberty and dignity in every corner of the world.
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Hoyer Urges President Bush to Make Good on Unfulfilled Promises of Four Years Ago

Inauguration Demonstrates the Majesty of Democracy, Says House Democratic Whip

For Immediate Release:

January 19, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the Inauguration of President George W. Bush on Thursday:

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House votes to relax internal ethics rules

GOP-backed change makes it more difficult to pursue inquiries

For Immediate Release:

January 5, 2005

Contact:Rick Klein and Susan Milligan

The Boston Globe

WASHINGTON -- The House yesterday loosened its internal ethics guidelines by voting to make it more difficult for ethics probes to be launched against members of Congress.

The vote came about 20 hours after House Republicans late Monday backed down from a pair of more drastic changes to ethics regulations, when faced with outrage from Democrats and some rank-and-file Republicans.

GOP Shifts Gears on Ethics Rule

House Democrats Assail Change Limiting Ways an Investigation Can Start

For Immediate Release:

January 5, 2005

Contact:Mike Allen

The Washington Post

House Republicans opened a new session of Congress yesterday by pushing through a new rule curtailing the ways ethics investigations can be launched, a day after they retreated on two other ethics moves.

With Democrats objecting, Republicans passed a package of House rules that requires at least one Republican to agree before the ethics committee begins an inquiry. The committee's membership is evenly divided between parties, and previously a deadlock meant an inquiry would automatically begin.

House Ethics Inquiries to Be Less Likely

For Immediate Release:

January 5, 2005

Contact:Richard Simon

The Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — The House opened the new congressional session Tuesday by voting to make it harder for the ethics committee to initiate investigations of members, as GOP leaders salvaged one key element of a discarded plan for easing ethics standards.

Under the new rule, a majority of the ethics committee's members will have to vote to launch an investigation. Previously, an investigation could proceed even if the committee — with five Republicans and five Democrats — was deadlocked.

HOYER ASSAILS REPUBLICAN WEAKENING OF HOUSE’S ETHICS STANDARDS

For Immediate Release:

January 4, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today spoke on the House Floor in opposition to Republicans’ weakening of the House’s ethical standards.   The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker, the opening day of a new Congress should be one in which the interests of this institution are paramount.  The body of rules we adopt to govern debate, decorum, and the actions of our Members should reflect that.

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Rigging the Rules

For Immediate Release:

January 2, 2005

Contact:Editorial

Houston Chronicle

The latest maneuvering on ethics rules by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and in Austin revises the old homily about how you play the game being more important than whether you win or lose. The new maxim, explicitly designed to protect House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Sugar Land from possible indictments for campaign law violations, can be summarized as follows:

"When in danger of losing, simply rewrite the rules in the middle of the game to make it impossible for the other side to win."

HOYER APPOINTS TANNER AND DEGETTE AS CHIEF DEPUTY WHIPS

Moderate Southerner and Westerner Will Add Policy Expertise and Political Know-How to Whip Team

For Immediate Release:

January 4, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) announced today that he has appointed Representatives John Tanner (TN) and Diana DeGette (CO) as Chief Deputy Whips, which makes them part of the Democratic Leadership and of the senior team of Democratic whips.

“I am very proud to announce that I have appointed Representatives John Tanner and Diana DeGette as Chief Deputy Whips.  They are two of the best Democratic Members serving in Congress today,” said Hoyer.

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STATEMENT OF WHIP STENY HOYER ON THE PASSING OF REP. ROBERT MATSUI

For Immediate Release:

January 2, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement today:
 
"The untimely passing of my good friend and colleague, Congressman Bob Matsui, early this morning is a grievous loss for Bob’s family and friends, as well as the Democratic Party, the House of Representatives and our great nation.
 

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Party Unity Vote Study: Votes Echo Electoral Themes

For Immediate Release:

December 11, 2004

Contact:Isaiah J. Poole

Congressional Quarterly

Madison Avenue would call it “building brand identity.” In a tightly contested election year, Republicans and Democrats used the machinery of Congress and their members’ votes to polish their images with voters and distinguish themselves from the competition.

It is part of a continuing trend away from bipartisan cooperation and toward ideological and political loyalty. On most votes, only a handful of lawmakers from either party stray across the lines into the opposition. At times, there are none.

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