Human and Civil Rights

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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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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HOYER URGES GOVERNORS TO HONOR PROVISIONAL BALLOTS IN UPCOMING NOVEMBER ELECTION

Provisional Ballots Crucial to Reforming of Election System

For Immediate Release:

September 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) asked the Governors of all 50 states in a letter sent today to recognize and honor provisional ballots in the upcoming November election in order to protect voters’ rights from administrative or technical error.  Provisional ballots are a crucial part of the landmark election reform legislation the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), of which Hoyer was the lead House Democratic sponsor: 

The full text of letter is below:

September 17, 2004

Dear Governor ---:

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HOYER APPLAUDS OPENING OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN

For Immediate Release:

September 21, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on the occasion of the grand opening of the National Museum of the American Indian today.  The Museum, the newest member of the Smithsonian family, is located on the National Mall and showcases the history, culture, and traditions of American Indian tribes in the United States: 

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HOYER STATEMENT ON OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE USED BY GOP MEMBER ON HOUSE FLOOR

For Immediate Release:

September 15, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement in support of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus which held a press conference today to protest the use of offensive language on the House Floor last night during debate regarding the Matricula Consular Identification Card:

 “It is sad that one of our nation’s greatest strengths, the diversity of our citizens, is viewed by some as a weakness or worse. 

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