Maryland lawmaker pledges to fight for Lewis & Clark water

For Immediate Release:

April 16, 2004

Contact:David Kranz

Argus Leader

A senior member of the House Appropriations Committee says he can make a good argument to President Bush about the value of the Lewis & Clark water pipeline project, even though the president isn't a fan of the spending.

U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., visited with area mayors and Lewis & Clark officials about the project Thursday at the request of Stephanie Herseth, Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives.

House Leadership Profile: Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer

For Immediate Release:

April 3, 2004

Contact:Jonathan Allen

Congressional Quarterly

At 64, Hoyer is, in the main, the model of civility, a legislative veteran of almost four decades whose fierce advocacy and party loyalty are tempered by a respectful manner and a rare drive to work with all of his congressional colleagues.

"Steny is not one who looks for a compromise," said former Rep. Steve Bartlett, R-Texas (1983-91), a longtime friend who heads The Financial Services Roundtable. "He looks for common ground."

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Deficit Sparks Family Feud Among House Republicans

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March 13, 2004

Contact:Mary Curtius

Los Angeles Times

A revolt by party members worried about record deficits has delayed for at least a week the Republican leadership's plan to produce a House budget for fiscal 2005 to marry with the budget passed early Friday morning by the Senate.

Dems urge White House restraint on whistleblower

For Immediate Release:

March 16, 2004


United Press International

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- Democrats are urging President Bush not to retaliate against a whistleblower who spoke out on alleged White House efforts to suppress Medicare program.

A letter sent to Bush Monday by Sens. Jon Corzine, D-N.J., Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., asked Bush to instruct staff to avoid taking action against Richard Foster for speaking out about alleged White House efforts aimed at keeping Congress in the dark about alternative higher cost estimates for the new Medicare prescription drug program.

Ethics Truce Frays in House

Democrats Torn Over Investigating GOP

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March 17, 2004

Contact:Charles Babington and Dan Morgan

Washington Post

A seven-year ethics truce between congressional Republicans and Democrats has begun to fray under the weight of mounting alleged abuses by House GOP leaders and tensions among Democrats over how aggressively to pursue the matters.

Open Checkbooks: So Far This Cycle, DeLay, Hoyer Give More Than Hastert, Pelosi

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March 5, 2004

Contact:Allison Stevens

Congressional Quarterly

Open Checkbooks: So Far This Cycle, DeLay, Hoyer Give More Than Hastert, Pelosi
By Allison Stevens, CQ Staff
When it comes to colleague-to-colleague giving, the No. 2 leaders are the tops.

In the Senate, Majority Whip Mitch McConnell has ponied up far more cash for other people's campaigns so far than his boss, Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.

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Common Cause

For Immediate Release:

March 9, 2004

Contact:Mary Lynn Jones

American Prospect

After the 2000 presidential election, liberals and centrists blamed one another for Al Gore's loss. Liberals argued that Gore's populist message helped his campaign. Centrists countered that Gore went too far to the left to attract enough votes to win.

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Caution on Election Reform Urged

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March 8, 2004

Contact:Amy Keller

Roll Call

Congressional sponsors of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 cautioned their colleagues that ongoing efforts to amend the law to deal with security issues could do more harm than good.

In a “Dear Colleague” letter last week, Reps. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) warned against a rush to judgment on HAVA, urging lawmakers to let the new Election Assistance Commission examine issues related to the security of electronic voting systems.

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Leaders Ponder Rewards for Newcomer

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February 23, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

House Democratic leaders are scrambling to find a plum committee slot to reward their newest Member, Rep.-elect Ben Chandler (D-Ky.), for wresting away a Republican seat and giving them much-needed momentum heading into the 2004 elections.

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