Republican Outrages

House Democrats Want Bribery Probe

For Immediate Release:

February 3, 2004

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Reuters

House Democrats may file an ethics complaint if Republican congressional leaders do not open an investigation into whether bribes were offered to win passage of the Medicare prescription drug bill, a House Democratic leader said on Tuesday.

But Republicans countered that Democrats were trying to "throw mud" and end an unofficial ethics truce between the two parties that has lasted since the late 1990s.

An End to Ethics Truce?

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

House Democrats are on the cusp of breaking the seven-year cease-fire with Republicans over filing ethics complaints, sources throughout the Caucus confirm.
Senior aides and Members say a rank-and-file Democrat will file a formal ethics complaint in the coming weeks unless Republicans — most likely Speaker Dennis Hastert (Ill.) — persuade the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to investigate at least one of several matters they say warrant an inquiry.

Congressman Urges Vote-Buying Inquiry

Medicare Bill Deliberations Questioned

For Immediate Release:

February 3, 2004

Contact:R. Jeffrey Smith

The Washington Post

A House Democratic leader said yesterday that he plans to press for an investigation by the chamber's ethics committee of alleged Republican vote-buying during deliberations on a new Medicare drug plan last November, threatening to end an informal agreement among lawmakers to refrain from triggering inquiries against one another.

Hoyer Seeks Hastert Intervention

For Immediate Release:

February 3, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings and Ben Pershing

Roll Call

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Monday he will for a third time call on Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) to urge the ethics committee to investigate alleged House floor bribery, but if the Republican leader continues to balk, he vowed Democrats will be forced to file a complaint.

Hoyer said he will reach out to Hastert this week to reiterate his request for the Speaker to urge the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to look into whether GOP Members or lobbyists tried to bribe Rep. Nick Smith (R-Mich.) to change his vote on last November’s Medicare bill.

Inquiry Sought In House Vote On Drug Plan For Medicare

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2004

Contact:Carl Hulse

The New York Times

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.

Burying the Bribe

Investigating Rep. Smith's charge is not "appropriate"?

For Immediate Release:

January 22, 2004

Contact:Timothy Noah

Slate

It's been a busy week for political news—the Iowa caucuses, the State of the Union address—making it the ideal moment for the House ethics committee to announce quietly that an investigation into a bribery allegation by Rep. Nick Smith, R-Mich., against the House Republican leadership would have "little to go on."

Hoyer Faults Bush Before State Of Union Speech

For Immediate Release:

January 20, 2004

Contact:Staff

CongressDaily

House Minority Whip Hoyer faulted President Bush today for evaporated budget surpluses, education funding, healthcare issues and an environmental "assault on the air, the water and the land."

Hoyer: Extension for 9/11 Commission Is Imperative

Calls on House Leaders to Bring Extension to the Floor

For Immediate Release:

February 25, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding legislation that would provide the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the “9/11 Commission”) a two-month extension for its inquiry:

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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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