Human and Civil Rights

Hoyer Statement in Support of DOD Motion to Instruct that Bans Torture

Whip Says Administration Policies that Allow for Torture Weaken America’s Security and Moral Standing

For Immediate Release:

December 14, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in support of the Motion to Instruct on H.R. 2863 Department of Defense Appropriations.  The Motion to Instruct was offered by Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) and mirrors a similar amendment offered in the Senate by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). 

“This critically important motion to instruct is identical to the amendment offered by Senator McCain – and passed 90-9 and by voice vote in the Senate – on the Defense Appropriations and Defense Authorization bills.

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Hoyer Statement on Human Rights Day

For Immediate Release:

December 9, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in observance of Human Rights Day, which will be observed tomorrow, December 10:

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Hoyer: Republican Tactics on GSE Bill Undermine Free and Fair Debate

For Immediate Release:

October 26, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today, as prepared for delivery on the floor of the House of Representatives:

“Mr. Speaker, once again, this House Majority is resorting to extreme heavy-handed tactics that are designed to do one thing only – to achieve a preordained result by shutting down a full and fair debate in this House.

“Let me remind my colleagues what the Chairman of the Rules Committee (Mr. Dreier) said on this Floor twelve years ago:

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Hoyer Lauds Rosa Parks’ Contributions to Humanity and Our Nation

For Immediate Release:

October 25, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning regarding Rosa Parks, who passed away on Monday evening:

 “Rosa Parks was a civil rights icon and a national treasure.  Her simple, dignified act nearly half a century ago – defiance of a racist law that denied her humanity – helped galvanize the civil rights movement and delivered a moral body blow to segregationist laws that stain our nation’s history.

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Hoyer: Simon Wiesenthal Was a Soldier of Justice Whose Legacy Will Endure

For Immediate Release:

September 20, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the passing of Simon Wiesenthal, a Holocaust survivor who helped bring more than 1,000 Nazi war criminals to justice:

“Simon Wiesenthal will forever be remembered as a man absolutely committed to the memory of the 6 million men, women and children who were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust and his tireless, life-long efforts to bring war criminals to justice.

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Hoyer Statement on Former Secretary Bill Bennett's Remarks

Democratic Whip Calls on Leading Republican to Apologize

For Immediate Release:

September 30, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding remarks made by former Secretary of Education William Bennett on his radio show earlier this week:

“For the author of the ‘Book of Virtues’ and a self-proclaimed advocate of values to voice a statement whose premise reeks of prejudiced stereotypes and putrid politics is shameful and reprehensible.

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Hoyer Statement on the 42nd Anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington

For Immediate Release:

August 26, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of the 42nd anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington:  

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Hoyer Statement on the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

Whip Calls for VRA to be Reauthorized

For Immediate Release:

August 5, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which was signed into law on August 6, 1965:

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Hoyer Awarded George Bush Medal for the Empowerment of People with Disabilities

Hoyer Received Award at the National Council on Disability's 15th Anniversary Observance of the ADA

For Immediate Release:

July 26, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) was awarded the George Bush Medal for the Empowerment of People with Disabilities last night at the National Council on Disability’s 15th Anniversary Observance of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Former President George H.W.

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