Congress

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.

GOP thrust energizes Democrats

For Immediate Release:

July 23, 2003

Contact:Hans Nichols and Alexander Bolton

The Hill

House Democrats head into the August recess furious at Republican leaders who they claim have crossed the acceptable boundaries of partisanship.

But their anger has also emboldened them to try harder to work together as an opposition party and get their message across.

HOYER ON STATEMENT BY CHAIRMAN THOMAS

For Immediate Release:

July 23, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today following Chairman Bill Thomas’s statement on the House Floor regarding his conduct on Friday, July 18th during a Ways and Means mark-up:

 “I believe that Mr. Thomas’s statement on the House Floor was appropriate and I appreciate his sentiments. 

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As House Prepares for August Recess, Hoyer Lauds Democrats for Unity

“This Is the Foundation for Winning”

For Immediate Release:

July 24, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement and an accompanying chart on Democratic unity in the 108th Congress today:

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Dems Declare Political War in the House

For Immediate Release:

June 27, 2003

Contact:Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

FOXNews.com

WASHINGTON  — House Democrats have declared war on the Republican leadership, vowing to gum up the legislative process in retaliation for what they say is systematic and unfair treatment by the majority.

“Our bag of tricks is somewhat small, but we will continue to use it,” said Stacey Farnen, spokeswoman for House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (search), D-Md. “There are some more dramatic ways we can express ourselves.”

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For Hoyer, Maintaining Unity in Face of Defeat

Democrat: After six months as minority whip, winning praise for imposing greater order on his party's rank and file.

For Immediate Release:

July 22, 2003

Contact:Julie Hirschfeld Davis

The Baltimore Sun

WASHINGTON - As the No. 2 Democratic leader in a House dominated by Republicans, Maryland's Steny H. Hoyer is doomed to lose nearly every battle. But these days, he is earning credit for his party's rare victories and for keeping Democrats more united in defeat than at any time in recent memory.

A smooth politician who was pegged early on as a rising star, Hoyer spent two decades in the House climbing to the job of party whip - a decidedly mixed blessing in a chamber where Republicans hold a 24-seat edge.

Hoyer Decries Outrageous Treatment of Ways and Means Committee Democrats

Calling Capitol Police on Members Fits GOP Pattern of Abuse

For Immediate Release:

July 18, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) released the following statement this afternoon after Rep. Bill Thomas (R-CA), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, called the Capitol Police and ordered officers to remove Ways and Means Democrats from a Committee library in the Longworth House Office Building:

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