Congress

Leaders Ponder Rewards for Newcomer

For Immediate Release:

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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Rational Exuberance

For Immediate Release:

February 26, 2004

Contact:Terence Samuel

The American Prospect

There is a strange, rare political species quietly roaming the landscape these days. Long endangered and occasionally thought to be extinct, its sudden re-emergence is as startling as it is sublime, particularly on Capitol Hill, where it seemed to face a fate on par with what the dinosaurs endured.

Here, of course, I speak of the Hopeful Democrat.

Democrats Take Kentucky Special Election

For Immediate Release:

February 17, 2004

Contact:Chris Cillizza

Roll Call

Former state Attorney General Ben Chandler (D) won a convincing victory tonight over state Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr (R) in Kentucky's 6th district, handing House Democrats their first victory in a Republican held-seat in a special election since 1991.

Chandler had 55 percent to Kerr's 43 percent with 100 percent of precincts in the 16-county central Kentucky district reporting.

The seat opened up after then-Rep. Ernie Fletcher (R) won last November's gubernatorial race against Chandler.

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HOYER STATEMENT ON THE 2005 BUDGET

Democratic Budget Strong on Security, Invests in America’s Priorities

For Immediate Release:

March 25, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today spoke on the House Floor in opposition to the fiscal year 2005 House Republican budget, and in support of the House Democratic budget, which would balance the budget in 8 years and invest in America’s priorities.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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HOYER: DEMOCRATIC UNITY ON BUDGET VOTE DRAWS CLEAR DISTINCTIONS

Democrats Vote for Responsible Democratic Budget, Against Irresponsible GOP Budget

For Immediate Release:

March 25, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this evening after the Democratic Caucus united in voting against the Republican Budget Resolution for FY05 and for the Democrats’ budget alternative:
“House Democrats sent a crystal clear message to the American people today by strongly supporting our Democratic budget plan for Fiscal Year 2005 and unanimously opposing the irresponsible Republican budget.

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Oops, Republicans Almost Did It Again!!!

On Tie Vote, House Republicans Twist Arms to Defeat Democratic Effort to Pay for Tax Cuts and Balance Budget

For Immediate Release:

March 30, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

**Please note that 8 Republicans switched their vote on the Democratic motion to instruct Budget conferees after time expired - in order of switching: Reps. Renzi, Bachus, Ose, Smith (MI), Smith (TX), Baker, Whitfield, Kirk.

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after House Republicans “defeated” a Democratic Motion to Instruct conferees on the budget on a tie vote, 209-209.

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Dems together on budget

For Immediate Release:

March 30, 2004

Contact:Hans Nichols

The Hill

House Democrats will attempt today to force Republicans to retreat from a key provision in their budget, hoping to repeat last year’s victory in which the GOP leaders released their rank-and-file members and allowed them to vote for the Democrats’ motion to instruct conferees.

This year’s motion will be on the “pay-go” language on tax cuts. The Democrats want the House to accede to the Senate’s language.

Hoyer 'Made to Order' as Minority Whip

Md. Democrat's Conservative Image, Newfound Pugnacity Help Party

For Immediate Release:

February 22, 2004

Contact:Spencer Hsu

The Washington Post

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Shortly before he won a House seat in a special election Tuesday, Democrat A.B. "Ben" Chandler hosted a horse country fundraiser with a rare Washington guest, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland.

Democratic Congressional leaders seldom draw a warm embrace in Kentucky's bourbon-and-bluegrass belt, where Republicans rule and George W. Bush carried 57 percent of the vote in 2000. Maybe it was the friendly crowd of trial lawyers, or the $39,500 in checks that Hoyer delivered, that had Chandler beaming as he introduced the House's number two Democrat.

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Hoyer Statement on Iraq Resolution

For Immediate Release:

March 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 557, applauding the valiant and heroic service of our armed forces in Iraq.  However, Rep. Hoyer opposed the partisan drafting of the resolution.  Republicans once again excluded Democrats, and the 130 million Americans they represent, from providing any input on this important resolution.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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DEMOCRATIC WHIP HOYER STATEMENT ON INITIATION OF INVESTIGATION INTO REPRESENTATIVE NICK SMITH ALLEGATIONS

For Immediate Release:

March 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement this evening in response to an announcement by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct that it was initiating an Investigative Subcommittee into allegations raised by Representative Nick Smith (R-MI) regarding the Medicare vote last Fall:

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