For Immediate Release:

December 1, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning regarding the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision today invalidating new Congressional Districts redrawn by the state’s Republican legislature:



For Immediate Release:

November 18, 2003


Earlier this year, Democrats unanimously opposed the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill because it under-funded important programs - including funding Leave No Child Left Behind, the landmark education bill, $8 billion below the level called for in the bipartisan bill.

As the Session Winds Down, Sniping Rises on Capitol Hill

For Immediate Release:

November 8, 2003

Contact:Carl Hulse

The New York Times

Congress is winding down, which is causing the partisanship to be ratcheted up.

The Senate ground to a halt on Friday in a wave of political recriminations as Democrats accused the Republican majority and the White House of treating them arrogantly and dismissively. Republicans, in turn, demanded a formal apology for a Democratic memorandum they said reeked of trying to politicize the inquiry into how intelligence was used in the buildup to the Iraq war.

Rejection of 'Earmarks' Angers Democrats

GOP Subcommittee Chairman Says He Won't Honor Party's Projects in Bill

For Immediate Release:

November 7, 2003

Contact:Dan Morgan and Juliet Eilperin

The Washington Post

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (Md.), the House's second-ranking Democrat, hoped to use funds from a $138 billion spending bill now before Congress to upgrade the computer system at St. Mary's College of Maryland, modernize laboratories at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and support a nonprofit group that repairs the homes of poor, elderly and disabled Marylanders.

Crashing the Party

For Immediate Release:

November 8, 2003

Contact:Mark Wegner and April Fulton

National Journal

   To hear congressional Democrats tell it, this is the beginning of the end of democracy. Republicans hold only slim majorities in the House and the Senate, yet when it comes to the task of writing legislation, they tend to keep it to themselves.
Democrats can do little but complain. And complain they have, with increasing frequency in recent weeks.

Partisan rancor stalls forests bill

For Immediate Release:

November 5, 2003

Contact:James G. Lakely

The Washington Times

    Republicans are accusing Senate Democrats of using "a new tool of obstruction" to stall legislation designed to prevent the kinds of wildfires that devastated Southern California last month.

    The Democrats have refused to agree to routine appointments to a forest bill conference committee, saying they have been snubbed in the current Medicare and energy-bill conferences.

For Senate, It’s Nov. 21 or Bust

For Immediate Release:

November 5, 2003

Contact:Mark Preston and Erin P. Billings

Roll Call

Senate leaders told rank-and-file Members on Tuesday that the Veterans Day holiday has been canceled and a five-day workweek would be instituted for the remainder of the session, as Nov. 21 has now been officially identified as the new target day for adjournment.

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Don’t Take Civility Out of the House Appropriations Panel

For Immediate Release:

November 5, 2003

Contact:Norman Ornstein

Roll Call

When I came to Washington, one of the first lawmakers I met was Rep. George Mahon (D), a tall, taciturn Texan who was chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. I was awed.

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Senate Republicans Weighing New Tactics to Advance Bills to Conference

For Immediate Release:

November 4, 2003

Contact:Allison Stevens and Jonathan Allen


Escalating a partisan dispute, Senate Republicans said Tuesday they are weighing procedural tactics to override Democratic efforts to prevent two bills from advancing to House-Senate conferences.

Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said Tuesday that if he could not reach agreement with Democratic leaders to proceed to conference on the "Healthy Forests" Act (HR 1904), he would urge Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., to file a motion to shut off debate on a motion to appoint conferees to negotiate the final legislation.

Dems angry over GOP relations in the House

Media don’t cover outrage, Dems claim; joint conferences a source of contention

For Immediate Release:

November 5, 2003

Contact:Hans Nichols

The Hill

Enraged House Democrats say that bipartisan relations in the House — especially regarding joint House-Senate conferences — have reached an all-time low, far worse than when they controlled Congress for 40 years.

But they conceded that their anger is not necessarily registering with either voters or the media and vowed to be strategic in how they stage their public outrage.