Republican Outrages

Denver Post: Stop Attacks on Kerry

It's 2004, not 1971

For Immediate Release:

April 28, 2004

Contact:Editorial Board

Denver Post

It's time to end the sideshow created by attacks on Sen. John Kerry's Vietnam War record. It hardly seems possible that Dick Cheney can be leading the charge.

For that matter, the presidency of George W. Bush shouldn't rest on the issue of whether he gave his all to the Air National Guard.

This is 2004, not 1971, and the presidential candidates should get back on track and discuss things that really matter to voters today.

RECORD NUMBERS OF JOBLESS AMERICANS LOSE ASSISTANCE

Republicans Ignore Need for Assistance, Deny Aid to Working Familie

For Immediate Release:

April 26, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) demanded again today that Republican leaders extend federal unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans in responding to a new Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report that showed a record 354,000 jobless workers exhausted their regular state unemployment benefits in March:

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Refuting Republican Rhetoric, Republicans Spend More Than Democrats

For Immediate Release:

March 30, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

"Facts are a stubborn thing," President Reagan famously said.

And despite all the hot rhetoric from Republicans during the debate on the 2005 budget, a look at the past four White House Administrations shows Republicans spend more than Democrats.

The facts show that Republican Administrations over the past 25 years have run bigger deficits and spent more as a percentage of GDP than the Democratic Administration.

Reagan

Avg. Outlays as % of GDP = 22.26%

Avg. Discretionary Spending as % of GDP= 9.76%

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Dems urge White House restraint on whistleblower

For Immediate Release:

March 16, 2004

Contact:Staff

United Press International


WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- Democrats are urging President Bush not to retaliate against a whistleblower who spoke out on alleged White House efforts to suppress Medicare program.

A letter sent to Bush Monday by Sens. Jon Corzine, D-N.J., Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., asked Bush to instruct staff to avoid taking action against Richard Foster for speaking out about alleged White House efforts aimed at keeping Congress in the dark about alternative higher cost estimates for the new Medicare prescription drug program.

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.

DEMOCRATIC WHIP HOYER STATEMENT ON INITIATION OF INVESTIGATION INTO REPRESENTATIVE NICK SMITH ALLEGATIONS

For Immediate Release:

March 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement this evening in response to an announcement by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct that it was initiating an Investigative Subcommittee into allegations raised by Representative Nick Smith (R-MI) regarding the Medicare vote last Fall:

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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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Hoyer Presses For Investigation Into Smith Comments

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2004

Contact:Staff

CongressDaily

The flap over whether the House Ethics Committee should investigate statements by Rep. Nick Smith, R-Mich., about the Medicare prescription drug vote continued to simmer today.

House Minority Whip Hoyer, who has urged the committee to conduct an investigation into Smith statements that suggested he was offered a bribe for his vote, told reporters today he planned to speak with House Speaker Hastert this week. Hoyer said if the panel does not pursue the matter, he might take further action in the next two to four weeks, but declined to specify what that might be.