Republican Outrages

Bush Administration Tries Accounting Gimmick

For Immediate Release:

January 8, 2004

Contact:Tom Kiley/Daniel Weiss with Miller; Jim Manley with Kennedy
202/225-2095; 202/224-26

Washington - On the two-year anniversary of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Bush Administration is still trying to avoid its responsibility to fund these far-reaching education reforms by claiming that $6 billion in federal education funds have not been spent by the states.  Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), two of the principal sponsors of the No Child Left Behind Act, issued the following statement in response to the Department's attempt to confuse the issue of education funding.

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2003: Democrats Fight for America's Working Families, Republicans Serve Special Interests

For Immediate Release:

December 8, 2003

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In 2003 Democrats fought for working families: expanding economic opportunity, improving schools and health care, protecting Social Security and Medicare. Republicans served special interests: passing tax cuts that left the middle class behind and a Rx drug bill that helped pharmaceutical companies instead of seniors, and failing to fully fund the No Child Left Behind education bill. See the links below for more information.

» The 2003 Republican Report Card

Hoyer: Anemic Job Growth Further Proof that Bush Administration Has No Plan

For Immediate Release:

January 9, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning regarding unemployment figures for December released this morning by the Department of Labor:

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Hoyer: Bush Immigration Plan Seems to be Little More Than a Political Maneuver

For Immediate Release:

January 7, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this afternoon in response to immigration reform proposals announced by President Bush today:

"I welcome the President's decision to re-engage on an issue of great importance to millions of American families across our country.  Democrats have long championed immigration reform and produced strong and balanced legislative proposals currently pending in Congress.

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Hoyer: Supreme Court Should Strike Down Trampling of Texans' Rights

Texas Democrats Are Tested and Tough, Will Fight Injustice to the End

For Immediate Release:

January 6, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer released the following statement today in response to the decision by a three-judge panel upholding new boundaries drawn for the State of Texas's 32 Congressional Districts:

"Americans of all political persuasions who believe that that fairness and equality at the polls are more important than the unchecked accumulation of political power will be as angry as I am by today's decision by a three-judge Federal panel to uphold Tom DeLay's Texas redistricting plan.

Republicans Mistake Arrogance and Retribution for Real Leadership

For Immediate Release:

December 12, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the decision by the Bush Administration to bar nations that did not support the Iraq invasion from winning reconstruction contracts, and the continuing pattern of Republican retribution against critics:

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HOYER: REPUBLICAN PARTY LEADERS BREATHE LIFE INTO THE SPIRIT OF EBENEZER SCROOGE

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the Republican

For Immediate Release:

December 19, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the Republican Party’s failure to extend emergency unemployment benefits before Congress adjourned for the year.  The federal Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) program, which began in March 2002, will be phased out beginning December 21, meaning that people who exhaust their regular state unemployment benefits on or after that date will go without a paycheck or an unemployment check:

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REPUBLICANS CUT AND RUN BEFORE GETTING THE PEOPLE’S BUSINESS DONE

For Immediate Release:

December 10, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today criticized the Republican majority that controls Congress for ending the first session of the 108th Congress before completing the 2004 appropriations process.  Republican mismanagement means that critical federal programs are operating at 2003 budget levels and millions of Americans will experience difficulty in obtaining needed services:

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Medicare and the Prescription Drug Bill

For Immediate Release:

December 9, 2003

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Republican leaders in Washington have decided to capitalize on the need to add a prescription drug bill to Medicare and push through a Trojan Horse that will actually end the program that has dramatically improved senior health care for almost four decades.

Read more about Democrats' fight to lower drug costs and provide an affordable and reliable drug benefit, and against Republican efforts to privatize and dismantle Medicare under cover of providing seniors a prescription drug benefit.

Probe Sought in Claim Of Medicare-Vote Bribe

For Immediate Release:

December 9, 2003

Contact:News Staff

Washington Post

The House's second-ranking Democrat yesterday called for an ethics investigation into a Michigan congressman's assertion that unnamed GOP colleagues offered $100,000 for his son's congressional campaign if the lawmaker would vote for a contentious Medicare bill.

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) said the House ethics committee "ought to investigate," although he did not file a formal request in the case involving Rep. Nick Smith (R-Mich.).