Republican Outrages

As the Session Winds Down, Sniping Rises on Capitol Hill

For Immediate Release:

November 8, 2003

Contact:Carl Hulse

The New York Times

Congress is winding down, which is causing the partisanship to be ratcheted up.

The Senate ground to a halt on Friday in a wave of political recriminations as Democrats accused the Republican majority and the White House of treating them arrogantly and dismissively. Republicans, in turn, demanded a formal apology for a Democratic memorandum they said reeked of trying to politicize the inquiry into how intelligence was used in the buildup to the Iraq war.

Rejection of 'Earmarks' Angers Democrats

GOP Subcommittee Chairman Says He Won't Honor Party's Projects in Bill

For Immediate Release:

November 7, 2003

Contact:Dan Morgan and Juliet Eilperin

The Washington Post

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (Md.), the House's second-ranking Democrat, hoped to use funds from a $138 billion spending bill now before Congress to upgrade the computer system at St. Mary's College of Maryland, modernize laboratories at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and support a nonprofit group that repairs the homes of poor, elderly and disabled Marylanders.

Crashing the Party

For Immediate Release:

November 8, 2003

Contact:Mark Wegner and April Fulton

National Journal

   To hear congressional Democrats tell it, this is the beginning of the end of democracy. Republicans hold only slim majorities in the House and the Senate, yet when it comes to the task of writing legislation, they tend to keep it to themselves.
Democrats can do little but complain. And complain they have, with increasing frequency in recent weeks.

Dems angry over GOP relations in the House

Media don’t cover outrage, Dems claim; joint conferences a source of contention

For Immediate Release:

November 5, 2003

Contact:Hans Nichols

The Hill

Enraged House Democrats say that bipartisan relations in the House — especially regarding joint House-Senate conferences — have reached an all-time low, far worse than when they controlled Congress for 40 years.

But they conceded that their anger is not necessarily registering with either voters or the media and vowed to be strategic in how they stage their public outrage.

US House passes aviation bill as Democrats object

For Immediate Release:

October 30, 2003

Contact:John Crawley

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $60 billion aviation bill on Thursday after Democrats fought a losing battle to preserve a proposed ban on the expansion of air traffic privatization.

The 211-to-207 vote along party lines sent the measure to the Senate. It capped a day of rarely used procedural moves by furious Democrats to forestall consideration and a nearly two-hour interruption over a Capitol Hill security scare.

Transportation - Democrats Reiterate Their Vow To Fight FAA Bill

For Immediate Release:

October 30, 2003

Contact:CongressDaily

House Democratic leaders and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members today reiterated their vow to fight the FAA reauthorization bill when it comes to the floor.

US Congress Resumes Negotiations On $60 Bln FAA Bill

For Immediate Release:

October 30, 2003

Contact:John Godfrey

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

WASHINGTON -- U.S. House and Senate negotiators reopened talks Wednesday on the four-year, $60 billion reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Negotiations began following an unanimous vote by the House Tuesday night to send negotiators back to the bargaining table.

Transportation - Privatization Language Likely To Be Stripped From FAA Bill

For Immediate Release:

October 28, 2003

Contact:Zach Patton and Mark Wegner

CongressDaily

The FAA reauthorization will likely be sent back to a House-Senate conference committee tonight, potentially paving the way for Republicans to strip language from the bill that allows privatization of some air traffic control workers. The House Rules Committee will vote tonight on a motion to recommit the reauthorization, which sources close to the conference said they expect will pass. While in theory both Democratic and Republican conferees want to reopen the legislation to discuss

HOYER OUTRAGED BY ARROGANT, HYPOCRITICAL DECISION TO LIMIT QUERIES

Responds to Reports that White House Will No Longer Entertain Questions from Democrats

For Immediate Release:

November 7, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to a news report in today’s Washington Post that the Bush White House will “not entertain any more questions from opposition lawmakers,” effectively preventing “Democrats from getting questions answered without the blessing of the GOP committee chairmen.”

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REPUBLICANS PLAYING POLITICS WITH AIR SAFETY

For Immediate Release:

October 31, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) lambasted the Republican FAA Reauthorization conference report on the House Floor today – particularly the absence of a prohibition of privatizing air traffic control towers, which was included in the original House and Senate bills.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker, the Republican leadership has turned what should be a bipartisan achievement into a partisan travesty.

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