Human and Civil Rights

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:

###

House Republican Leadership Pulls Voting Rights Reauthorization Act

Hoyer: “We Must Pass This Bipartisan Legislation Without Delay”

For Immediate Release:

June 21, 2006

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning after the House Republican leadership announced that it was pulling the “Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006" (H.R. 9) from Floor consideration today:

###

Week of June 19, 2006

For Immediate Release:

June 19, 2006

Contact:

  • H.R. 5631 -  Department of Defense Appropriations Act for FY07

Bill Text:

Hoyer on Joyce Bender's "Disability Matters" Radio Show

For Immediate Release:

June 6, 2006

Contact:

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer appeared on Joyce Bender's radio show "Disability Matters" on Tuesday, June 6th.  Please click here to listen to the show.
 
###

###

Hoyer Statement on NSA’s Secret Collection of Telephone Records of Millions of Americans

“The Magnitude and Scope of Secret Program Demands Real Congressional Oversight,” Says Whip

For Immediate Release:

May 12, 2006

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today concerning news reports that the National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of American households and businesses:

“The sheer magnitude and scope of the NSA’s secret program to collect the telephone records of millions of Americans demands real, effective Congressional oversight – oversight that too often in this Congress has been lacking or virtually non-existent.

###

Hoyer Statement on the President’s Visit to the Gulf Coast

For Immediate Release:

March 8, 2006

Contact:Liz Packard
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding President Bush’s visit to the Gulf Coast to view the ongoing relief and recovery efforts in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina:

     “Last week, during our Congressional Delegation visit to the Gulf Coast, I witnessed firsthand the excellent work that many selfless volunteers and workers are performing.  And, they all deserve our gratitude.

###

Hoyer Honors Black History Month, Calls for Reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2006

Contact:Liz Packard
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of Black History Month, which began Wednesday and will be observed throughout the month of February:

###

Hoyer Statement on the Passing of Coretta Scott King

For Immediate Release:

January 31, 2006

Contact:Liz Packard
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after news that Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., died at the age of 78:

###

Hoyer: Honor Dr. King's Legacy by Renewing the Voting Rights Act

For Immediate Release:

January 13, 2006

Contact:Liz Packard
(202) 225 - 3130

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

###

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.

###