Democrats: 'Time for new leadership'

For Immediate Release:

October 9, 2004



WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Democratic congressman Saturday slammed the Republican-led Congress, saying it is "time for new leadership" and urged voters to elect Democrats to the House and Senate.

U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the House Democratic whip, listed what he termed as many GOP failures and quoted a congressional scholar to describe the 108th Congress -- "pretty pathetic."

He delivered the Democrats' weekly radio address.


Democratic Whip Says House Republicans Are “Constitutionally Incapable” of Bipartisan Consensus on Key Issue

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October 27, 2004

Contact:Anna Bell Farrar

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the continuing impasse on an intelligence reform bill and the failure of this Republican Congress to enact legislation on other major issues:


Democrats: Republican 'Hammer' should step down

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October 8, 2004


Agence France Presse

Outraged Democrats called Thursday for the resignation of senior Republican lawmaker Tom DeLay for a "disturbing pattern of corruption" following his censure by a House ethics panel.

The US House of Representatives' Ethics Committee on Wednesday unanimously admonished DeLay for improper activities and abuse of power.

"This is the second admonishment in less than a week and the third during the course of Mr. DeLay's career," said fellow Texas lawmaker and longtime DeLay nemesis Chris Bell, at a press conference Thursday.

Democratic leaders pressure DeLay to cede House post;

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October 9, 2004

Contact:Chuck Lindell

Austin American-Statesman

WASHINGTON -- Democrats demanded Thursday that Tom DeLay resign as U.S. House majority leader, claiming that a series of ethics reprimands reveals a pattern of corruption that renders the Texan unfit for a position of leadership.

"Mr. DeLay has proven himself to be ethically unfit to lead the party," said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, DeLay's Democratic counterpart. "The record has demonstrated that he will abuse power whenever he deems necessary."

Hoyer: GOP Congress Failed Americans

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October 9, 2004

Contact:Associated Press Staff

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer criticized the Republican-controlled Congress on Saturday for "surrendering to its own intransigence and admitting that it cannot complete the work the people sent us here to do."

"The 108th Congress has failed, and the American people know that we can, and must, do better," the Maryland congressman said in the Democrats' weekly radio address.

Hoyer, his party's No. 2 leader in the House, said Republicans "hardly broke a sweat" this year and "worked fewer hours than any single session of Congress since 1948."

Ethics Rebuke to DeLay Prompts Democratic Calls for Ouster

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October 8, 2004

Contact:David Stout

New York Times

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 — Top House Democrats today condemned Representative Tom DeLay, the leader of the Republican majority, declaring that the latest ethics case against him proved that he had been corrupted by power and was unfit to lead.

"The ethical cloud that has been hanging over the Capitol has burst," Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, said at a news briefing. "Mr. DeLay has proven himself to be ethically unfit to lead the party.`

Democratic Leaders Call for DeLay's Ouster

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October 8, 2004

Contact:Charles Babington

Washington Post

House Democratic leaders and several outside groups called for Majority Leader Tom DeLay to resign his post yesterday, saying that three admonishments by the House ethics committee in one week disqualify him for the chamber's second-highest leadership job. Fellow Republicans staunchly defended the Texas lawmaker, even as some said the consecutive rebukes may complicate his prospects of ever becoming speaker.

House Dems call for DeLay to step down

Majority leader cited again by House Ethics Committee

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October 8, 2004

Contact:CNN Staff


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The senior leadership of House Democrats, citing three rebukes of Rep. Tom DeLay by the House ethics committee in a week, called Thursday for him to be ousted as majority leader.

"Mr. DeLay has proven himself to be ethically unfit to lead the party," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters.

"Republicans must answer: Do they want an ethically unfit person to be their party leader, or do they want to remove the ethical cloud that hangs over the Capitol?" she said.

House Leadership - Democrats, Public Interest Groups Urge DeLay To Resign

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October 8, 2004

Contact:Susan Davis

National Journal

House Democratic leaders and public interest groups today called
on House Majority Leader DeLay to resign his leadership post,
noting that Wednesday's rebuke by the House Ethics Committee is
the fourth against DeLay in his career -- with three of them
coming in the last week.

House Democrats Set Goals, Seek Return to Power

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September 23, 2004

Contact:Thomas Ferraro


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.