Miscellaneous

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

For Immediate Release:

February 8, 2004

Contact:Editorial

New York Times

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.

Democrats Anticipate Momentum

For Immediate Release:

February 10, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

Fresh off their annual retreat to plot election-year strategy, House Democrats for the first time in recent months believe they have a legitimate shot at narrowing the margin of their minority, sources throughout the Caucus indicate.

WHIP HOYER LAUDS PASSAGE OF COPYRIGHT REFORM ACT

For Immediate Release:

March 3, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in support of the passage of H.R. 1417, the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2003:

“I am pleased that the House has passed H.R. 1417, and commend Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Conyers, and Rep. Howard Berman for their leadership on an issue of critical importance to the creators and copyright owners of musical compositions and sound recordings.

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South Capitol Street Bridge Receives Funding

For Immediate Release:

January 26, 2004

Contact:Bree Hocking

Roll Call

A key transportation artery is in line for some much-needed repairs after last week’s Senate passage of the omnibus spending bill.

The legislation includes $7 million for structural and safety improvements to South Capitol Street and the Frederick Douglass Bridge from the Southeast-Southwest Freeway to Firth Sterling Avenue in Anacostia. The Douglass bridge is considered severely compromised when it comes to safety, structural adequacy, serviceability and function.

Democratic Whip Hoyer Congratulates Representative Ben Chandler on Swearing-In

For Immediate Release:

February 24, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today congratulating Representative Ben Chandler on his swearing-in this evening:

“I would like to congratulate Ben Chandler on his swearing-in as the new representative of Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District.

“Ben will be an outstanding representative for central Kentucky.  He is hard working, experienced and has a strong independent voice.

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Hoyer: Bush Cynically Exploits Wedge Issue to Divert Attention from His Abysmal Record

For Immediate Release:

February 24, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to President Bush’s statement that he will support a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage:

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Hoyer: Keep Family and Medical Leave Act Intact

“Workers Need FMLA Provisions More than Ever”

For Immediate Release:

February 6, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) today released the following statement in observance of the 11th anniversary of the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act this week: 

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Inquiry Sought in House Vote on Drug Plan for Medicare

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2004

Contact:Carl Hulse

The New York Times

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 — A leading House Democrat has called on Speaker J. Dennis Hastert to initiate an ethics investigation into accusations of bribery during last November's vote on the new Medicare drug plan, warning that Democrats will conduct their own inquiry if the House leader does not act.