For Immediate Release:

December 16, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards

BAGHDAD, IRAQ--- House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) led a congressional delegation to the Middle East to assess ongoing preparations for the upcoming national elections in Iraq and the Palestinian Authority.  In advance of the scheduled January 30th elections in Iraq, the Whips met this week with Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, as well as members of the Independent Election Commission of Iraq, and Carlos Valenzuela, who heads the UN election team.



Passage is a Victory for All Americans

For Immediate Release:

December 7, 2004

Contact:Andrew Kauders

WASHINGTON, DC -- Rep. Bob Menendez, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and a conferee on the 9/11 bill, today made the following statement on passage of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, following months of negotiations.  The bill passed by a vote of 336 to 75.

Pelosi: '9/11 Bill Will Help Protect America and All Americans

For Immediate Release:

December 7, 2004

Contact:Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this evening on the final version of the  9/11 intelligence reform bill, which passed the House by a vote of  336 to 75:

“More than four months ago, the 9/11 Commission made a critical judgment.  It concluded that the United States intelligence community was not structured properly to counter the threats, including terrorism, that our nation was likely to face in the years to come.


For Immediate Release:

December 7, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement today regarding House passage of the 9/11 Intelligence Reform bill:

"I am pleased that our friends on the other side of the aisle and the White House have finally resolved their differences on intelligence reform and that the Republican leadership is allowing the Members to vote on this important conference report.



For Immediate Release:

November 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) released the following statement in response to a rules change approved by the House Republican Conference that will allow leaders indicted by a state grand jury to continue to serve:

“Today, Republicans sold their collective soul to maintain their grip on power.

“They unabashedly abandoned any pretense of holding themselves to a high ethical standard by deciding to ignore criminal indictments of their leaders as reason for removal from leadership posts in the Republican Party.


Democratic Whip Lashes Out Against Kerry Film

For Immediate Release:

October 14, 2004

Contact:Freddie Mooche

AXcess News

Oct 13, 2004 (AXcess News) Washington - House Democratic whip, Steny Hoyer, said 85 House Democrats signed a letter asking the FCC to investigate Sinclair Broadcasting over the anti-Kerry film without giving equal time to their candidate.

"If Sinclair Broadcasting is allowed to proceed with this broadcast it is difficult to understand how equal time policies will not have been violated," wrote the 85 members of Congress.

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GOP, Democratic Leaders Stump For Their Candidates

For Immediate Release:

October 13, 2004

Contact:Susan Davis


With Election Day less than three weeks away, House GOP and Democratic leaders are canvassing the country for their candidates and incumbents. While Republicans are working to maintain or grow their majority, Democrats are waging a long-shot bid to take back the House, or at least narrow the GOP's current 227-205 majority.

A spokesman for Majority Leader DeLay declined to provide his pre-election schedule, noting a long-standing policy not to disclose DeLay's political travels. But DeLay said last week his priorities are twofold.

Hoyer's Lock on 5th District Likely to Continue

For Immediate Release:

October 27, 2004


Capital News Service

WASHINGTON - Steny Hoyer is standing on a playing field at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Beltsville, exhorting a group of eighth graders to stay physically fit. He is, as ever, eloquent and impeccably dressed, not a sleek, silver hair out of place. With the thermometer pushing 80 degrees, he hasn't even rolled up his sleeves.

As he finishes his speech, one of the 13-year-olds surrounding him raises her hand and calls out: "Who are you?"

The No. 2 House Democrat doesn't miss a beat.

"I'm your congressman," he said. "I'm Steny Hoyer."

In the House, both parties’ leaders pledge to maintain Jewish outreach

For Immediate Release:

November 3, 2004

Contact:Ron Kampeas

Jewish Telegrahic Agency

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (JTA) — The Democratic and Republican whips in the U.S. House of Representatives have a lot in common when it comes to Jewish issues — such as bipartisan agreement on support for Israel and an understanding that neither party can take the Jewish vote for granted any longer.

In exclusive interviews with JTA, Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) each explained why reaching Jewish voters will continue to preoccupy them long-term, even after an election that saw unprecedented attention paid to the Jewish vote.

Democrats: 'Time for new leadership'

For Immediate Release:

October 9, 2004



WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Democratic congressman Saturday slammed the Republican-led Congress, saying it is "time for new leadership" and urged voters to elect Democrats to the House and Senate.

U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the House Democratic whip, listed what he termed as many GOP failures and quoted a congressional scholar to describe the 108th Congress -- "pretty pathetic."

He delivered the Democrats' weekly radio address.