Congress

Democratic Whip Calls on Members to Support Resolution Restoring Bipartisan Ethics Rules

For Immediate Release:

March 16, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) delivered the following statement on the House Floor this morning, urging Members on both sides of the aisle to support a Resolution introduced by Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) to restore bipartisan ethics rules:
 
"Mr. Speaker, the integrity of this People’s House supersedes the interests of any individual member who is privileged to serve here or either political party.
 

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Hoyer on Ethics Committee Breakdown

For Immediate Release:

March 11, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) issued the following statement today in response to comments on ethics by the Republican leadership:

“Republican leaders’ attempt to blame Democrats for the breakdown of the House Ethics Committee rivals the work of Orwell’s Big Brother in its audacious effort to make, in Orwell’s words, ‘lies sound truthful.’

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Hoyer Statement on Senator Sarbanes’ Decision Not to Seek Re-election

For Immediate Release:

March 11, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement regarding the announcement today by Maryland’s senior United States Senator, Paul Sarbanes, that he will not stand for re-election to a sixth Senate term in 2006:

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Hoyer Statement on "Jeff Gannon" Connection to Valerie Plame Leak

For Immediate Release:

February 15, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement regarding revelations that a man who went by the name of “Jeff Gannon,” and who was given White House media credentials despite his lack of qualifications, was given access to classified documents which disclosed the identity of Undercover CIA Operative Valerie Plame:

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Hoyer: Repulican Leaders Continue Quest To Stifle Accountability, Ethics

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the removal of Ethics Committee Chairman Joel Hefley and his replacement by Representative Hastings:

“The decision to remove Chairman Hefley from the Ethics Committee appears to be the latest example of Republicans Leaders’ determination to stifle accountability and high ethical standards that could threaten their power.

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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.