Congress

Democrats See South Dakota Win as Turning Point

For Immediate Release:

June 3, 2004

Contact:David Espo

Associated Press

Democrats celebrated Stephanie Herseth's capture of a Republican-held House seat in South Dakota on Wednesday and claimed it portends greater gains in the battle for control of Congress.

Republicans argued that local factors settled the race, but some conceded privately that a sour national mood and President Bush's slumping support contributed to the defeat of GOP contender Larry Diedrich.

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Pelosi, Hoyer play to strengths, weaknesses

For Immediate Release:

June 1, 2004

Contact:Hans Nichols

The Hill

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is steering clear of several battleground districts, acutely aware that her liberal reputation and fundraising prowess make her more useful elsewhere.

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Democrats Eye Fall ‘Contract’

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June 2, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

Adopting a tactic their party bashed as a stunt in the watershed 1994 elections, House Democrats plan to unveil their election-year themes by rolling out a “Contract with America”-style legislative blueprint in September.

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HOYER: REPUBLICANS FLIP-FLOP ON PAYGO BY PROPOSING SHAM BILL

Democrats to Offer Alternative That Will Actually Rein in Deficits

For Immediate Release:

June 23, 2004

Contact:Rep. Steny Hoyer
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD), House Budget Committee Ranking Democrat John Spratt (SC), and Blue Dog Coalition co-chairman and House Agriculture Committee Ranking Democrat Charlie Stenholm (TX) held a press conference today to denounce the sham Republican “pay-as-you-go” or budget “enforcement” bill scheduled for the House floor tomorrow, and also discuss the Democratic alternative.

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The circuit

For Immediate Release:

May 30, 2004

Contact:Staff
Philadelphia Inquirer

U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D., Md.), the House Democratic whip, hit Montgomery County on Thursday to stump for the county's Democratic congressional candidates. Among his stops Thursday was a fund-raiser for Josh Shapiro, 30, who is running for Pennsylvania's 153d District House seat against Jon Fox. How did Harrisburg-hopeful Shapiro land Beltway-insider Hoyer? Shapiro was Rep. Joe Hoeffel's chief of staff and knew Hoyer from Capitol Hill. The short answer: Shapiro just picked up the phone and asked.

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Congressional Leaders Call on President, Republican Leaders to Investigate Medicare Bill Allegations

For Immediate Release:

June 22, 2004

Contact:Brendan Daly
202-225-0100

Washington, D.C. -- In two letters sent today, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, and other Congressional Leaders demanded a response from the President and the Republican leaders in Congress on allegations that the Medicare Chief Actuary was forced to withhold Medicare cost estimates from Congress last year.  These allegations include charges that the Bush Administration violated federal law.

The Members wrote:

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REPUBLICANS’ PHONY “ENERGY WEEK” FIZZLES

Democrats Offer Substitute that Addresses Most Pressing Needs

For Immediate Release:

June 15, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the three energy bills considered on the House Floor today and the two energy bills that are expected to be considered on Wednesday:

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Week of April 19, 2004

BILL TEXT AND BACKGROUND

For Immediate Release:

April 19, 2004

Contact:

 H.  R. 2844 - Continuity in Representation Act of 2003

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Week of May 31, 2004

BILL TEXT AND BACKGROUND

For Immediate Release:

May 31, 2004

Contact:

  H.J.Res.