Human and Civil Rights

Hoyer: Republican Voter ID Bill Creates a New Poll Tax

Whip Says Republican Bill Undermines Voting Rights

For Immediate Release:

September 20, 2006

Contact:Rep. Steny H. Hoyer

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today on the House floor against the misguided Republican Voter ID bill:

 "Mr. Speaker, let no one be mistaken, this Republican Voter ID bill is tantamount to a 21st century poll tax. It will disenfranchise large numbers of legal voters and disproportionately affect the elderly, people with disabilities, rural voters, students, racial and ethnic minorities and low-income voters - all of whom are less likely to have the current, valid photo identification required by this bill.

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Hoyer Statement on One Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

For Immediate Release:

August 29, 2006

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), who is on a trip through the Gulf Coast this week with a group of House Democrats, released the following statement today in observance of the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:

"Today is a somber day for our nation.  It is a time to grieve for those who died in Hurricane Katrina and in the flood waters that followed.  It is a time to recommit ourselves to those who lost all that they possessed.  It is also a time to assess our progress in rebuilding.

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Hoyer Statement on Anniversary of the ADA

For Immediate Release:

July 26, 2006

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), the lead Democratic sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the House, released the following statement today marking the 16th anniversary of the ADA, which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990:

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Hoyer, DeGette Comment on Bush's Threat to Veto Stem Cell Bill

Whip Hoyer and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) made the following remarks today to reporters about President Bush's threat to veto H.R. 810, the Castle-DeGette Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act:

Hoyer: Reauthorizing Voting Rights Act is Vital to American Democracy

For Immediate Release:

July 13, 2006

Contact:Rep. Steny Hoyer

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following remarks today on the House floor in favor of reauthorizing key provisions of the Voting Rights Act (as prepared for delivery):

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Pay raise blocked

By Stephen K. Cooper

Special to the AFRO

    Almost nine years ago, the minimum wage rose to $5.15 per hour and gas sold for about $1.20 a gallon. Now, gas prices have nearly tripled, but millions of low-income workers are still waiting for Congress to approve their first pay raise since 1997.

Week of July 10, 2006

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Hoyer: Defeat of Stearns Amendment Demonstrates Support for Key Element of Voting Rights Act

Democratic Whip Urges Republican Leadership to Allow Consideration of VRA Reauthorization

For Immediate Release:

June 29, 2006

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning after the House of Representatives defeated an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2007 Science, State, Justice, Commerce Appropriation Bill that would have prohibited funds in the bill from being used to enforce Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act.  Section 203 ensures that American citizens with limited English proficiency get the help they need at the polls.  The amendment, offered by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), was defeated by a vote of 167-254:

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