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Hoyer Vows to Fight for Pay Parity

For Immediate Release:

March 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today vowing to fight for pay parity for federal civilian employees and military employees in Fiscal Year 2005 after an amendment to add language in support of the bipartisan principle failed in committee:

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Hoyer Speaks To Federal Employees at NTEU Rally

Addresses Efforts to Keep Up the Fight to Ensure Pay Parity for Federal Emplo

For Immediate Release:

March 3, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer spoke to close to 200 members of the National Treasury Employee’s Union (NTEU) today at a rally at the Capitol.  Hoyer talked to the NTEU members about ways to ensure that federal civilian employees receive the same annual pay adjustment that President Bush has proposed for the military and other issues important to federal employees.  Following are Rep. Hoyer’s remarks as prepared for delivery.

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Area House Members Urge Parity for Civilian Workers

For Immediate Release:

February 1, 2004

Contact:Stephen Barr

The Washington Post

A group of Washington-area House members plans to introduce a resolution Tuesday that would put the House on record in support of a "pay parity" raise in the upcoming fiscal 2005 budget debate.

The proposed resolution traditionally kicks off a Kabuki-like dance that can last into autumn if Congress decides to increase federal pay more than the president recommends in his budget, which is scheduled for release tomorrow.

House Members Petition Bush to Endorse Pay Parity

For Immediate Release:

January 22, 2004

Contact:Stephen Barr

The Washington Post

A group of House members, led by Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), wrote President Bush yesterday urging him to support "the principle of pay parity" in his fiscal 2005 budget plan.

"We cannot express strongly enough the importance of continuing the tradition of pay parity between military and civilian employees," the letter to the president said.

South Capitol Street Bridge Receives Funding

For Immediate Release:

January 26, 2004

Contact:Bree Hocking

Roll Call

A key transportation artery is in line for some much-needed repairs after last week’s Senate passage of the omnibus spending bill.

The legislation includes $7 million for structural and safety improvements to South Capitol Street and the Frederick Douglass Bridge from the Southeast-Southwest Freeway to Firth Sterling Avenue in Anacostia. The Douglass bridge is considered severely compromised when it comes to safety, structural adequacy, serviceability and function.

With Senate Back in Session, Pay Raises Could Finally Be Untangled

For Immediate Release:

January 20, 2004

Contact:Stephen Barr

The Washington Post

The Senate returns to work today -- hopefully ready to plunge into debate on an $820 billion omnibus spending bill for fiscal 2004 that would bump up this year's pay raise for the government's white-collar workers.

The spending bill -- which would provide General Schedule employees with an average raise of 4.1 percent -- has been snarled in politics and policy disputes over mad cow disease, media ownership and overtime compensation rules.

Hoyer: As President Lauds Homeland Security Employees, He Refuses to Support Fair Pay Adjustment

For Immediate Release:

March 2, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning after remarks by President Bush on the first anniversary of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security:

“The men and women of the Department of Homeland Security – which includes Coast Guard officers, Secret Service agents, Border Patrol agents and other dedicated public servants – surrounded President Bush today as he lauded their efforts over the last year.  And their heartfelt appreciation and patriotism were apparent.

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Bush sets 2004 pay raise at 2 percent

For Immediate Release:

December 31, 2003

Contact:Amelia Gruber

Government Executive

President Bush on Dec. 30 ordered a 2 percent 2004 pay raise for civil servants, but government workers may eventually receive a significantly higher raise if lawmakers approve the pending fiscal 2004 omnibus budget bill.

In an executive order issued on Dec. 30, Bush called for a 1.5 percent across-the-board raise for civilian white-collar federal employees and a 0.5 percent increase in locality-based pay.

Hoyer seeks probe into Park Service

For Immediate Release:

January 16, 2004

Contact:Matthew Cella and Audrey Hudson
THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A congressman yesterday demanded that the Interior Department investigate "unauthorized leaks" that he said resulted in a report in The Washington Times about lapses in national security and the firing of U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers.

U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the House Democratic whip, said the so-called leaks were "unacceptable" and suggested that the story was printed to influence the outcome of an appeal by Chief Chambers to save her job.

Hoyer Expresses Concerns with HSAs in Federal Employee Health Benefits Program

Sends Letter to OPM Director Asking for HSAs to be Excluded

For Immediate Release:

March 2, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-1120

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) recently sent the attached letter to the Director of the Office of Personal Management Kay Coles James expressing deep reservations regarding the inclusion of Health Savings Accounts in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program:

February 23, 2004

The Honorable Kay Coles James
Director
Office of Personnel Management
1900 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20415-1400

Dear Director James:

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