Human and Civil Rights

HOYER ON HOUSE RESOLUTION REGARDING ABUSES OF IRAQI PRISONERS:

“An Outrage That Demands Full Accountability”

For Immediate Release:

May 6, 2004

Contact:Rep. Steny Hoyer
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today on the House Floor regarding the Resolution condemning the treatment of Iraqi detainees:

“Mr. Speaker, the fact that we are on this floor today considering a Resolution condemning outrageous conduct by American soldiers against defenseless Iraqi detainees is an unmitigated and shameful embarrassment for this nation.

“This abuse – which is as criminal as it is un-American – demands full accountability!

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Hoyer: Mr. President, Our Mission Has Not Been Accomplished

Failure Not an Option, But Administration Still Lacks Clear Plan

For Immediate Release:

April 30, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today:

“One year ago tomorrow, President Bush landed on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln amid great fanfare and proudly proclaimed – under a banner reading ‘Mission Accomplished’ – that major combat operations in Iraq had ended.

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HOYER STATEMENT ON ABUSE OF IRAQI PRISONERS

For Immediate Release:

May 5, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding recent revelations of abuse of Iraqi prisoners:

“The abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers is outrageous, unacceptable and indefensible.  This is not who we are as Americans.  These acts have shamed us and threaten our important mission.

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HOYER STATEMENT ON PROTECTION OF VOTING RIGHTS IN CONGRESSIONAL CONTINUTITY LEGISLATION

For Immediate Release:

April 22, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today praising the passage of a Democratic Motion to Recommit on the Continuity in Representation Act of 2003 (H.R. 2844), which ensured that the bill would not supercede existing civil rights and voting rights laws in the application of any special elections:

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Hoyer on Holocaust Remembrance at U.S. Capitol: History Compels Our Eternal Vigilance

For Immediate Release:

April 22, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

Last Sunday (April 18), the world observed Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Over the course of this week, events were held around the world honoring the lives of the estimated six million victims of Nazi aggression and genocide that were stolen during the Holocaust.  Today, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s National Commemoration of the Days of Remembrance in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol:

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Hoyer: Comments by Congressman Cole Are Completely Outrageous, Wrong and Should be Repudiated

Oklahoma Member Says Vote Against Bush is Like Supporting Hitler

For Immediate Release:

March 4, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding remarks attributed to Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4).  According to press reports, Congressman Cole said a vote against President Bush’s re-election is like supporting Adolf Hitler during World War II, and that, “If George Bush loses the election, Osama bin Laden wins the election.”

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Budgeting for Another Florida

President Bush has been spending money with reckless abandon, but he has found at least one place to economize: election reform. Mr. Bush undoubtedly remembers the debacle of 2000, and the federal government's promise to replace unreliable voting machines, train poll workers and upgrade voter registration lists before another presidential election rolled around. But in the budget he proposed last week, fixing the machinery of American democracy wound up on the bottom of the president's priorities, and wildly underfunded.

For Hoyer, All Signs Point to Democratic Pickups

Pointing to hoped-for gains in upcoming special elections, renewed vigor in Texas House races and the nation’s evolving political mood, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is painting an ever-rosier political picture for House Democrats heading into the 2004 elections.

Primaries to test new election law

WASHINGTON (AP) --The New Hampshire primary next week will be the "first real test" of a new federal act providing billions of dollars to help states ensure that future elections will be accurate, honest and accessible, Rep. Steny Hoyer, one of the sponsors of the act, said Friday.