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.

Democrats: Republican 'Hammer' should step down

For Immediate Release:

October 8, 2004


Agence France Presse

Outraged Democrats called Thursday for the resignation of senior Republican lawmaker Tom DeLay for a "disturbing pattern of corruption" following his censure by a House ethics panel.

The US House of Representatives' Ethics Committee on Wednesday unanimously admonished DeLay for improper activities and abuse of power.

"This is the second admonishment in less than a week and the third during the course of Mr. DeLay's career," said fellow Texas lawmaker and longtime DeLay nemesis Chris Bell, at a press conference Thursday.


Sinclair Broadcasting’s Plans May Violate Equal Time Rules, Broadcast Would Reach Nearly 25 Percent of America

For Immediate Release:

October 13, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Democratic Leadership, including Leader Nancy Pelosi, Whip Steny Hoyer, Caucus Chairman Bob Menendez, and Vice Chairman Jim Clyburn, was joined by 81 members of the House Democratic Caucus in writing to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell today to request an FCC investigation into Sinclair Broadcasting Inc.’s decision to pre-empt regular programming on its 62 affiliates across the country in order to air a 90-minute anti-Kerry attack before the November 2nd election:


Democrats ask network for election PSAs

For Immediate Release:

October 7, 2004

Contact:Christian Bourge

United Press International

Washington, DC, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- In a letter to NBC Chairman Robert Wright Wednesday, senior House Democrats asked the network to undertake a public awareness campaign about voters' rights.

"We can expect to see subtle and not-so-subtle efforts of sinister political operatives to discourage and intimidate voters in key precincts around the nation," the letter said. "The fact that such efforts are not only profoundly undemocratic but also illegal in every state has not deterred some people, acting alone or on behalf of others, from engaging in them to distort election outcomes."

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House Democrats Set Goals, Seek Return to Power

For Immediate Release:

September 23, 2004

Contact:Thomas Ferraro


In a scene reminiscent of the 1994 "Republican Revolution" that turned the U.S. Congress upside down, Democrats on Wednesday set ambitious goals for the nation and urged voters to finally put them back in charge.

Standing outside the Capitol, lawmakers spelled out "six core values" -- on such matters as defense, education, job creation and fiscal responsibility -- that they hope will help them win the Nov. 2 elections and end a decade of Republican control of the House of Representatives.