Congress

Hoyer says Democrats could take back the House

For Immediate Release:

July 22, 2004

Contact:Hans Nichols

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is grounding his claim that Democrats “are in striking distance” of taking back the House with a heavy statistical comparison to the Republican watershed election of 1994.

Relying on “generic ballot” polling data from both years, Hoyer argued that his party is in a better position than Newt Gingrich and his troops were in July 1994, on their way to winning a net gain of 52 seats in November.

Democrats need to overcome an 11-seat deficit to return their party to majority status.

DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP HIGHLIGHT FAILURES OF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY

“Republicans Failed to Lead; a Democratic Congress Will Address America’s Priorities”

For Immediate Release:

July 22, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – As Congress prepares to recess for a six-week August break, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD), House Democratic Caucus Chairman Robert Menendez (NJ), House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair James Clyburn (SC), and Assistant to the Democratic Leader John Spratt (SC) today lambasted the dismal policy and political record of the Republican majority.  The GOP Congress has failed to pass a budget blueprint, created record deficits, and the House is on track to work the least number of days in 48 years.  The Democratic leaders today highlighted this absence of lea

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REPUBLICAN BUDGET PROCESS IN MELTDOWN

First, GOP Fails to Adopt Budget; Tonight, It Fails to Pass Budget Enforcement

For Immediate Release:

June 25, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement tonight after a united Democratic Caucus, and 72 Republicans, defeated the Majority’s sham budget enforcement bill on a vote of 146-268.

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Hoyer Blasts Members, Lobbyists

For Immediate Release:

June 24, 2004

Contact:Erin P. Billings and Brody Mullins

Roll Call

Angered over last week’s vote on corporate-tax measure, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) penned a stern letter Monday to his Caucus, chastising Democrats for voting against the party on a procedural vote — and blasting Republican business lobbyists for allegedly misrepresenting Democrats’ positions on the controversial bill.

GOP's Rehashing of Old Legislation Angers Democrats

For Immediate Release:

June 6, 2004

Contact:Charles Babbington

Washington Post

The tactic goes by several names: Déjà Vu, Play it Again, Summer Reruns. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) prefers "the cow agenda," saying House Republican leaders regurgitate previously passed bills, then force lawmakers to chew and swallow them again.

Whatever it's called, the strategy has infuriated Democrats. They accuse House Republicans of having so thin an agenda that they resort to re-approving measures languishing in the Senate, making only the slightest pretense at repackaging.

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House Into Summer Reruns With GOP’s Procedural Gambit

For Immediate Release:

June 5, 2004

Contact:Alex Wayne

CQ

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., the minority whip, dismisses the current House Republican agenda as “cud,” the regurgitated food that cows chew a second time. More politely, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calls it “warmed-over stew.”

At the very least, House floor action the week of May 31 had an unmistakable air of summer reruns.

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DeLay to Be Subject of Ethics Complaint

Democrat's Wide-Ranging Charges Break Unwritten Truce Between Parties

For Immediate Release:

June 15, 2004

Contact:Charles Babington

Washington Post

A Democratic congressman plans to file a wide-ranging ethics complaint today against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), shattering the remnants of a seven-year-old, unwritten ethics truce between the two parties and possibly nudging the House back toward a brand of political warfare that helped topple two speakers.

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DeLay Faces Democrat's Ethics Complaints

For Immediate Release:

June 15, 2004

Contact:Jim Abrams

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A Texas Democrat who saw his political career halted by the maneuverings of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and other Republicans filed multiple complaints with the House ethics committee Tuesday, accusing DeLay of "serious criminal acts."

DeLay, R-Texas, said the charges levied by Rep. Chris Bell had no substance and were the product of a disgruntled lawmaker who "is very bitter about his losing the primary and he is using the ethics committee to express his bitterness."

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Hoyer Campaigns for Other Democrats

For Immediate Release:

June 3, 2004

Contact:Michael Amon

Washington Post

Trying to win his 13th term as Southern Maryland's congressman, U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer crisscrossed the 5th District in typical whirlwind fashion last week, on one day stopping for events in White Plains, Bowie and College Park before heading back to Washington.

But the next day, Hoyer (D) hopped on a plane for Philadelphia in his bid to win a different contest -- the battle for control of the House of Representatives.

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Democrats See Momentum In South Dakota Election

For Immediate Release:

June 1, 2004

Contact:John Godfrey

Dow Jones Newswire

A top House Democrat predicted his party will prevail in a special election Tuesday in South Dakota, which would hand Democrats the second victory this year in Republican-leaning states.

The race involves Democrat Stephanie Herseth, 33, against Republican Larry Diedrich, 46, a former state senator. Both are vying for South Dakota's sole seat in the U.S. House.

The seat opened when former Rep. William Janklow, a Republican, was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in a traffic accident that killed a motorcyclist.

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