Congress

REPUBLICANS PLAYING POLITICS WITH AIR SAFETY

For Immediate Release:

October 31, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) lambasted the Republican FAA Reauthorization conference report on the House Floor today – particularly the absence of a prohibition of privatizing air traffic control towers, which was included in the original House and Senate bills.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker, the Republican leadership has turned what should be a bipartisan achievement into a partisan travesty.

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REPUBLICAN LEADERS SHOULD PUT SAFETY FIRST, NOT WHITE HOUSE FAVORS

Democrats will Oppose FAA Reauthorization without Privatization Prohibition

For Immediate Release:

October 29, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today released the following statement today criticizing Republicans for failing to include the privatization prohibition in the FAA Conference Report, which was in both the House and Senate passed bills:

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Hoyer: Motion to Recommit FAA Conference Report Clips Republican Leadership’s Wings

For Immediate Release:

October 28, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) lauded the passage tonight of a Motion to Recommit the FAA Reauthorization Act to the conference committee as a clear rebuke to the Republican leadership, which fundamentally altered the legislation in conference after it passed the House 418-8 and the Senate 94-0 in June.  The Democratic Caucus unanimously voted for this Motion, which passed by a vote of 407 to 0:

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HOYER: TEXAS IS LATEST EXAMPLE OF GOP RIGHT-WING POLITICAL POWER GRAB

For Immediate Release:

October 16, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today released the following statement requesting that the Department of Justice apply a fair and non-partisan evaluation of the new Republican-drawn Texas redistricting map: 

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Clash Over Postwar Iraq Rises in Congress

For Immediate Release:

September 15, 2003

Contact:David Espo

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Tom DeLay "is in no position to question the patriotism" of President Bush's critics on Iraq, having once scathingly condemned President Clinton's military strategy in Bosnia, a Democratic leader said Thursday.

Rep. Steny Hoyer quoted DeLay as saying that the 1999 NATO-led bombing campaign was "President Clinton's war."

HOYER STATEMENT ON THE NEW FISCAL YEAR

For Immediate Release:

October 1, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement in observation of the start of the new fiscal year:

“Today marks the beginning of the 2004 fiscal year and only 3 of the 13 spending bills have made their way to the president’s desk – which makes it clearer than ever that the extreme, partisan agenda pursued by the members of the Republican Congress has resulted in a stalemate of their own making.

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WHIP APPLAUDS RARE MOMENT OF BIPARTISANSHIP IN HOUSE

Praises Passage of FACT Act that will Help and Protect Consumers

For Immediate Release:

September 10, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today following passage of the bipartisan Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act, H.R. 2622), which is the reauthorization of the Fair Credit Reporting Act:

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Caucus Resists ‘Permanent Minority’ Mind-Set

For Immediate Release:

September 8, 2003

Contact:Erin P. Billings

Roll Call

While House Democrats acknowledge that their Caucus is unlikely to reverse its eight-year minority status in the immediate term, they are not resigning themselves to becoming a permanent second-tier party.

Democrats say their new leadership, a lagging economy and President Bush’s slipping approval ratings all translate into glimmers of hope for a future majority. If the party were despondent, it would be facing massive retirements, defections on votes and low attendance at party events and meetings, Members and leaders argue.

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Outreach to Lobbyists: Like the GOP Before, Democrats Turn to K Street

Minority Party Leaders in Both Chambers Implement Programs to Coordinate With Business Community

For Immediate Release:

September 8, 2003

Contact:Brody Mullins

Roll Call

In the decade since Republicans took control of Congress, GOP partisans have relentlessly worked to transform members of Washington’s business community into powerful advocates for the party’s priorities on Capitol Hill.

They have pressured corporations to hire Republican lobbyists. They have prodded corporate lobbyists to work on Congressional campaigns. And they have met regularly with lobbyists on Capitol Hill in order to plot strategy — and hand out marching orders.

Now the Democrats are fighting back. 

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GOP's Power Play

Goal of Reforms in House Gives Way To Tough Tactics Party Once Criticized

For Immediate Release:

July 26, 2003

Contact:Jim VandeHei and Juliet Eilperin

Washington Post

Nearly 10 years after winning control of the House by vowing a fairer and more open Congress, Republicans have tossed aside many of the institutional reforms they promised, increasingly employing hard-nosed tactics they decried a decade ago, according to numerous lawmakers and scholars.

Among the reforms championed by an earlier generation of House Republicans, and subsequently dropped or weakened: term limits for rank-and-file members as well as committee chairmen; stricter ethics laws; and greater power for individual members and the minority party.