Human and Civil Rights

Disabled Voters Seek Help From HAVA

For Immediate Release:

August 16, 2004

Contact:Colin Gustafson

Roll Call

The first time Jim Piet voted, he was inside a car surrounded by poll workers who had never been trained to deal with somebody afflicted with cerebral palsy.
Piet, now a public relations specialist from New Hampshire, was eager to cast his first ballot in the 1980 presidential election, but at age 19 the neurological disorder already had forced him into a wheelchair and slowed his speech to a labored stammer.

HOYER STATEMENT ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

For Immediate Release:

August 5, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer issued the following statement today marking the 39th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which is tomorrow.  Rep. Hoyer was the lead sponsor of both the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA):

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Political Drama in US Congress Points to Increasing Partisan Discord in Washington

For Immediate Release:

July 9, 2004

Contact:Dan Robinson

Voice of America

An extraordinary political drama played out this past week in the U.S. House of Representatives as Democratic and Republican lawmakers feuded over a proposal aimed at watering down part of a key law passed after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The spectacle, which provided a glimpse into the mechanics of politics on Capitol Hill, came as Congress works to complete unfinished business before a long summer recess.

HOYER STATEMENT ON EXTREME GOP BILL TO BAR FEDERAL COURTS FROM CONSIDERING CONSTITUTIONALITY OF FEDERAL LEGISLATION

For Immediate Release:

July 22, 2004

Contact:Rep. Steny Hoyer
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today on the House Floor during debate on H.R. 3313, which would bar Federal courts, including the Supreme Court, from considering the constitutionality of Federal legislation:

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HOYER STATEMENT ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE “AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT”

For Immediate Release:

July 26, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, the lead House sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), issued the following statement in observance of the fourteenth anniversary of the signing of the ADA on July 26th:

“Monday, July 26th marks the 14th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.

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HOYER STATEMENT ON EXTREME GOP BILL TO BAR FEDERAL COURTS FROM CONSIDERING CONSTITUTIONALITY OF FEDERAL LEGISLATION

For Immediate Release:

July 22, 2004

Contact:Rep. Steny Hoyer
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today on the House Floor during debate on H.R. 3313, which would bar Federal courts, including the Supreme Court, from considering the constitutionality of Federal legislation:

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Hoyer: Republicans Subvert Democracy – Again

Whip Asks If Republican Leadership Has an Addiction to the Abuse of Power

For Immediate Release:

July 8, 2004

Contact:Rep. Steny Hoyer
202-228-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H.

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Hoyer: Supreme Court Decisions on Detainees Are an Important Victory for the Rule of Law

For Immediate Release:

June 30, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement regarding Supreme Court decisions on Monday on the ability of citizen and non-citizen detainees who are deemed “enemy combatants” to challenge their incarceration before neutral judges or decision makers:

 “The United States of America is a nation of laws, and on Monday the Supreme Court reaffirmed this fundamental principle of American democracy for all the world to see.

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HOYER STATEMENT ON THE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 2004

For Immediate Release:

June 14, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in support of the Improving Access to Assistive Technology for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004:

 “Mr. Speaker, technology has become tremendously important in everyone's daily life, but there are perhaps few places where technology plays as important a role in an individual's daily lives than for individuals with disabilities.

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