Miscellaneous

Democrats ‘Whip’ for Herseth

For Immediate Release:

May 17, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

As part of House Democratic leaders’ final drive to elect South Dakotan Stephanie Herseth to the House, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) has tasked several well-placed Members with twisting arms within the Caucus to encourage contributions to her campaign.

Hoyer tapped roughly 10 lawmakers to work over their fellow Members until Congress adjourns for the Memorial Day recess, just a week before the June 1 special election that pits Herseth against state Sen. Larry Diedrich (R). Slightly more than half of the 205-member Democratic Caucus has contributed to Herseth so far.

Soap Box Derby Gets Final OK

For Immediate Release:

May 3, 2004

Contact:John McArdle

Roll Call

Aspiring young builders and racers were given a green light last week when the House and Senate passed resolutions to allow the 63rd annual Greater Washington Soap Box Derby to take place on the Capitol grounds.

The event, scheduled to take place June 19 and expected to draw some 70 young competitors from around the area, will take place along the stretch of Constitution Avenue between Delaware Avenue Northeast and Third Street Northwest. Winners at three levels of the local race will go on to compete in the National Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio.

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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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WHIP HOYER MEETS WITH CONSUMER GROUPS REGARDING FOOD SAFETY

For Immediate Release:

May 14, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding his meeting with various consumer groups to discuss food safety late yesterday afternoon:

“America’s food supply is among the safest in the world, but that food safety depends upon a wide ranging, interdependent effort by farmers, industry, and government.

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Hoyer Celebrates Cinco de Mayo and America’s Proud Hispanic Heritage

For Immediate Release:

May 5, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) released the following statement today in celebration of Cinco de Mayo and in recognition of the notable contributions of Mexican Americans to our country:

“I join today with millions of Americans in celebrating Cinco de Mayo, a historical day commemorating the triumph of the Mexican people over the French Army in the battle of Puebla in 1862.

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HOYER: RECOGNIZING ISRAEL’S INDEPENDENCE DAY

For Immediate Release:

April 26, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day:

“On this, Yom Ha'atzmaut, I want to congratulate the citizens of our steadfast friend in the Middle East and the Jewish community throughout the world on the 56th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel.

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DEMOCRATIC WHIP HOYER ON PASSAGE OF PENSION FUNDING BILL

For Immediate Release:

April 2, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in support of House passage of H.R. 3108, the Pension Funding Equity Act of 2003:

“I am very pleased that the House finally passed the Pension Funding Equity Act of 2003 conference report today. 

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Ethics Truce Frays in House

Democrats Torn Over Investigating GOP

For Immediate Release:

March 17, 2004

Contact:Charles Babington and Dan Morgan

Washington Post

A seven-year ethics truce between congressional Republicans and Democrats has begun to fray under the weight of mounting alleged abuses by House GOP leaders and tensions among Democrats over how aggressively to pursue the matters.