Human and Civil Rights

HOYER STATEMENT ON RULING THAT PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BAN IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

For Immediate Release:

June 1, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, the lead Democratic sponsor of the Late-Term Abortion Restriction Act, released the following statement today following a ruling by a U.S. District Court that the recently enacted “partial-birth” abortion ban was unconstitutional:
 

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Democrats urge hearings in Abu Ghraib scandal

For Immediate Release:

May 24, 2004

Contact:Staff

Congress Daily

The top three House Democratic leaders sent a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., Monday requesting he call for committee hearings to investigate the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.

Democrats have called for hearings in recent weeks, but Hastert and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, have declined on the grounds that Congress should exercise its oversight power only if the military's investigation is deemed insufficient.

2006 Cuts In Domestic Spending On Table

For Immediate Release:

May 27, 2004

Contact:Jonathan Weisman

The Washington Post

The White House put government agencies on notice this month that if President Bush is reelected, his budget for 2006 may include spending cuts for virtually all agencies in charge of domestic programs, including education, homeland security and others that the president backed in this campaign year.

US House Condemns Abuse Of Iraqi Prisoners By Troops

For Immediate Release:

May 6, 2004

Contact:John Godfrey

Dow Jones

"The overwhelming majority of America's troops are heroes," said House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo. "Unfortunately, in recent days, their brave and extraordinary actions have been overshadowed by the cowardly actions of a few."

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., echoed Blunt's comments, but also said that the only way to "remove that dark cloud" that hangs over U.S. troops would be for Congress to investigate and hold those responsible accountable.

U.S. House Deplores Mistreatment of Prisoners

For Immediate Release:

May 4, 2004

Contact:Thomas Ferraro

Reuters

President Bush's fellow Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives joined Democrats on Thursday in deploring the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners.

But with passions and partisanship rising, they rejected Democratic calls for congressional investigations into the mushrooming scandal that has eroded American credibility and renewed questions about the Iraq war.

On a vote of 365-50, the Republican-led House approved a resolution that "deplores and condemns the abuse of persons in United States custody in Iraq."

Congressional reaction to abuse scandal heats up

For Immediate Release:

May 6, 2004

Contact:PHILIP DINE

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Congressional reaction to the prison abuse scandal in Iraq took on
an increasingly angry tone Thursday, with some Democrats calling for the firing
of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

In response, Republicans accused the Democrats of partisan politics. Sen.
Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo., was among some who went even further. He said
calls for Rumsfeld to step down could endanger the U.S. military effort by
"undermining the authority of the Department of Defense."

HOYER ON REPUBLICAN ATTEMPTS TO WEAKEN WORKER SAFETY REGULATIONS

For Immediate Release:

May 18, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the four Republican bills being debated on the Floor today that would weaken worker safety regulations:

“The American worker has not fared well under the Bush White House. 

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HOYER STATEMENT ON COURT’S ADA DECISION IN TENNESSEE V. LANE

For Immediate Release:

May 17, 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, issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision today in Tennessee v. Lane:

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Brown v. Board of Education at 50:

Hoyer Lauds Landmark Decision, But Says Continuing Inequities Demand Action

For Immediate Release:

May 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement today in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision made on May 17, 1954:

"Today, we commemorate a landmark Supreme Court decision that not only leveled the playing field in the American education system, but also permitted our nation to move much closer to achieving the full measure of its greatness.

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