Human and Civil Rights

Hoyer: House Republicans Abdicate Oversight on Patriot Act

For Immediate Release:

July 21, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today concerning the House Republican leadership’s effort to stifle debate on legislation reauthorizing 16 provisions of the USA Patriot Act [Please note: the statement attached below is as prepared for delivery, to view Mr. Hoyer's statement as delivered on the House Floor please click here]:

“I know that the Members of this House on both sides of the aisle are absolutely united in our commitment to protect the American people and to defend our homeland.

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Hoyer Statement Urging Action Against Anti-Semitism by U.N. Members

For Immediate Release:

June 7, 2005

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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement on the House floor in favor of an amendment urging action against Anti-Semitism by U.N. Members:

“Mr. Speaker, intolerance based on one’s religious beliefs, ethnicity and race is a poison that has coursed throughout the body of human history, and it has caused untold suffering, pain and strife.

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Hoyer Statement on Terri Schiavo

For Immediate Release:

March 20, 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, this has been an extraordinarily serious debate. It has been in many ways a real debate, with each Member rising and understanding the seriousness of the issues which we consider. On the one hand, we consider the life of one young woman, a young woman struck by tragedy, shared by her family and by her friends and by her country.

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Hoyer: Fight For Voting Rights Must Continue

For Immediate Release:

February 17, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON DC – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today, in honor of Black History Month:

“In observation of Black History Month, I would like to reflect on an issue that goes to the very core of our democracy – voting rights.

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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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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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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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