Congress

House Democrats Set Goals, Seek Return to Power

For Immediate Release:

September 23, 2004

Contact:Thomas Ferraro

Reuters

In a scene reminiscent of the 1994 "Republican Revolution" that turned the U.S. Congress upside down, Democrats on Wednesday set ambitious goals for the nation and urged voters to finally put them back in charge.

Standing outside the Capitol, lawmakers spelled out "six core values" -- on such matters as defense, education, job creation and fiscal responsibility -- that they hope will help them win the Nov. 2 elections and end a decade of Republican control of the House of Representatives.

Hoyer Close to Suing Switcher

For Immediate Release:

October 6, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

Lawyers for House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) late last week sent a legal “demand letter” to party switching Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), insisting the one-time Democrat return $35,000 in Hoyer campaign contributions by Oct. 15 or face a lawsuit.

Hoyer: West Can Be Won

For Immediate Release:

September 7, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

PHOENIX — Three candidates. Forty-eight hours. Ten events. Four Western cities.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) spent three days last week on a whirlwind tour of Colorado and Arizona, where Democratic leaders have their sights on three potential pickups in November. His Western campaign is part of a concerted effort by the minority leadership to take back the chamber this cycle, and the second visit in as many weeks by the top two House leaders.

House Opposes Overtime Rules

Democrats Prevail in 223 to 193 Vote

For Immediate Release:

September 10, 2004

Contact:Dan Morgan

Washington Post

The House voted 223 to 193 yesterday to block the Bush administration's sweeping new eligibility rules for overtime pay, giving Democrats a significant victory that they hope will boost the party's standing among middle-class voters in key battleground states in the fall election.

Twenty-two pro-labor Republicans, most of them from the North and the Midwest, joined a solid bloc of Democrats to prevent the Labor Department from enforcing the regulations, which took effect Aug. 23. But it is unclear whether yesterday's action will stand.

House Dems set out ‘Six Core Values’ for unified 2004 campaign message

For Immediate Release:

September 23, 2004

Contact:Alexander Bolton

The Hill

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) fulfilled a promise to fellow Democrats that they would have a coherent message to take to voters this fall by unveiling a six-point plan for a “New Partnership for America’s Future” yesterday.

Flanked by more than 150 members of her caucus, Pelosi said the pamphlet of “Six Core Values” would help Democrats articulate the message that will propel them to the majority for the first time since 1994.

High-ranking Dem congressman stumps 3rd District for Salazar

For Immediate Release:

September 3, 2004

Contact:Peter Roper
Pueblo Chieftain

The second-highest ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives came to Pueblo on Tuesday to boost the congressional campaign of state Rep. John Salazar. His appearance was another reminder of how vital both national Republicans and Democrats consider the 3rd Congressional District race.

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HOYER: THE FAILED REPUBLICAN CONGRESS WAVES THE WHITE FLAG

Republicans Limp Out of Town Having Failed On Policy, Politics and Ethics

For Immediate Release:

October 8, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Caucus Chairman Bob Menendez, and Assistant to the Democratic Leader John Spratt to denounce the failed Republican Congress which is expected to limp out of town today after failing on policy, politics and ethics:

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HOYER STATEMENT ON HOUSE ETHICS COMMITTEE’S REBUKE OF MAJORITY LEADER TOM DELAY

For Immediate Release:

October 7, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement regarding the decision reached by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct on the actions of Majority Leader Tom DeLay (TX):

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HOYER STATEMENT ON THE ETHICS COMMITTEE REPORT ADMONISHING MAJORITY LEADER TOM DELAY

For Immediate Release:

October 1, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement regarding the report released late last night that publicly admonished Majority Leader Tom DeLay for his conduct surrounding the vote on the controversial Medicare Prescription Drug Bill:

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