Human and Civil Rights

Hoyer Statement On The 60th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Auschwitz

For Immediate Release:

January 27, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) delivered the following statement today on the Floor of the House of Representatives:

"Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the Chairman (Mr. Hyde) and the Ranking Member (Mr. Lantos) – the only Holocaust survivor ever elected to this Congress – for bringing this important resolution to the Floor today.

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Hoyer: On Dr. King’s Birthday, Renew Commitment For Positive Change

For Immediate Release:

January 14, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today released the following statement in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on January 16th (observed January 17th):

“On Monday we will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who led the fight to bring true equality and justice to all Americans.  His efforts earned him a Nobel peace prize and world-wide recognition.  But more importantly, he gave this nation the immeasurable gift of a better future. 

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HOYER: AGGRESSIVE ACTION NEEDED TO RESTORE THE INTENT OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

“Supreme Court Decisions Are a Clear Example of Judicial Activism”

For Immediate Release:

October 21, 2004

Contact:Rep. Steny H. Hoyer
202-225-3130

One year ago, my dear friend Tony Coelho issued the “Coelho Challenge,” urging the disability community to only support Presidential candidates who adopt a five-point agenda for dismantling the barriers to work for people with disabilities.

As Tony stated then, and as those of us here today recognize: “Work provides discipline and structure to our lives.  It is a source of identity and social acceptance. . . Work makes sustaining life and building a material existence vastly easier.”

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85 HOUSE DEMOCRATS ASK FCC TO INVESTIGATE BROADCASTING OF ANTI-KERRY FILM

Sinclair Broadcasting’s Plans May Violate Equal Time Rules, Broadcast Would Reach Nearly 25 Percent of America

For Immediate Release:

October 13, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Democratic Leadership, including Leader Nancy Pelosi, Whip Steny Hoyer, Caucus Chairman Bob Menendez, and Vice Chairman Jim Clyburn, was joined by 81 members of the House Democratic Caucus in writing to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell today to request an FCC investigation into Sinclair Broadcasting Inc.’s decision to pre-empt regular programming on its 62 affiliates across the country in order to air a 90-minute anti-Kerry attack before the November 2nd election:

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BLUNT, HOYER SPECIAL OLYMPICS BILL PASSES HOUSE

For Immediate Release:

October 7, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON--- House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), sponsors of legislation authorizing several programs for Special Olympics, applauded its unanimous passage late last night.

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HOYER CALLS FOR VIGILANCE ON VOTER INTIMIDATION

Asks TV Networks to Launch Public Service Campaign to Educate Voter

For Immediate Release:

October 6, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer joined Senator Hillary Clinton, Democratic Caucus Chairman Bob Menendez, Rep. Chaka Fattah, and People for the American Way President Ralph Neas to highlight examples of voter intimidation.   Incidents of voter intimidation were well-documented during the 2000 presidential election and have continued to occur in local and state elections.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery and below the letter to the networks referenced :

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HOYER STATEMENT ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

For Immediate Release:

September 30, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer spoke today on the House Floor in opposition to the Republican leadership’s effort to amend the United States Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage.  The following is his statement as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker, first let me say that I support the traditional definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.  I voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.

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HOYER URGES INCLUSION OF HATE-CRIMES PREVENTION IN DEPT. OF DEFENSE BILL

For Immediate Release:

September 28, 2004

Contact:Rep. Steny Hoyer
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer spoke on the floor today in support of the Democratic Motion to Instruct conferees on the FY 2005 Department of Defense Authorization Bill.  The Motion to Instruct would retain the Senate-passed hate crimes legislation in the Conference Report to ensure that state and local law enforcement can effectively investigate and prosecute hate crimes.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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HOYER CALLS ON U.N. TO SUSPEND SUDAN FROM WORLD BODY

Supports Resolution to Suspend Sudan from Human Rights Commission

For Immediate Release:

September 22, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this evening after speaking on the House Floor earlier in support of a House resolution calling for the suspension of Sudan's membership on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights:

“The international community can no longer avert its eyes from the humanitarian and human rights catastrophe that is occurring in the Darfur region of Sudan today.

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