Political debate delays unemployment benefits

Hundreds of thousands in nation lose help tonight; Congress in recess until Jan. 7; Republicans, Democrats at odds over

For Immediate Release:

November 16, 2002

Contact:Julie Hirschfeld Davis
(202) 225 - 3130
Sun National Staff

WASHINGTON - About 780,000 jobless Americans will lose their unemployment benefits at midnight, and a prolonged dispute between Republicans and Democrats could keep them and thousands more workers cut off from further aid for weeks.

Those affected, including roughly 10,000 Marylanders, are caught in the middle of a partisan debate about how generous the government should be in providing additional benefits. Having failed to reach agreement before adjourning for the year, Congress is expected to act soon after it returns Jan. 7.

Congressman Hoyer Delivers Democratic Response to the President's Radio Address

For Immediate Release:

November 16, 2002

Contact:Stacey Farnen
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), who became Maryland's highest ranking Member of Congress ever when he was unanimously elected to be the next House Democratic Whip on Thursday, will deliver the Democratic response to the President's weekly national radio address on Saturday. The following is the text of Congressman Hoyer's remarks, as delivered:


Statement on Election as Democratic Whip

For Immediate Release:

November 14, 2002

Contact:Congressman Steny Hoyer

WASHINGTON - Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) released the following statement today upon election by unanimous acclamation as the new House Democratic Whip:

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In a New G.O.P. Era, DeLay Drives Agenda for Congress

For Immediate Release:

January 4, 2003

Contact:Carl Hulse

The New York Times

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 — Republicans returning on Tuesday to take over Congress have been bestowed with a precious political opportunity — the second chance.

They bring with them not only historic gains in midterm elections but also the hope of proving to voters the benefits of one-party control, power they lost after just a few months in 2001. They say they are convinced they can leave behind the Trent Lott controversy over race and will instead be able to focus on a broad legislative agenda.

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Hoyer Talks about Wall Street Reform on the House Floor

This is the greatest economic crisis that any of us, and I'm looking around this floor, have experienced in our lifetimes. And I'm closer to experiencing the last one than any of you on the floor. But none of us, even at my stage, were alive during the great depression. So this is the first time that we have experienced such a deep, deep recession...

Hoyer Gives Speech on Deficit Reduction

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer talked about federal deficit reduction. In his remarks he said tax increases will eventually be necessary to address mounting debt and that middle class tax cuts set to expire later in the year would be too costly to remain permanent.

Hoyer and Minority Leader Boehner on ABC's

I think it's accurate there's spending fatigue on Capitol Hill and around the country as well. People are concerned about the debt level, and we are as well. Clearly, you cannot not continue to stimulate an economy that is still struggling to get out of the deep ditch that we found it in, about 18 months ago..

Hoyer Giving Speech on the Defense Authorization Act on House Floor

The motivating force for young people in this country was civil rights. It was about living out the promise of American equaly. It was about a commitment of this country, which was the bedrock of this country, that all men were created equal, and endowed not by us, but by their creator with certain unalienable rights...

Congressional Strategies During Time of Hot Button Issues on MSNBC

Frankly, I think, Ed, the Republican strategy is to see failure by Democrats and by the President. The problem with that is when we don't solve problems, it's not Democrats that lose, our country loses...

Discussion on Threats Against Members of Congress on CBS

I think they're taking them very seriously. As you heard, some of the threats are very serious and a threat of bodily harm to members. I think it's appropriate that each one of us take this seriously. Whether we've had threats made against us or not, clearly the Capital Police and the FBI are taking them seriously and investigating. The bottom line is we need to be very careful in public life that our rhetoric does not turn to icitement of violence or violent acts...