Republican Outrages

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: 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.

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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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.).

Arm-Twisting Produces GOP Victory as House Adopts Medicare Conference Report

For Immediate Release:

November 22, 2003

Contact:Kate Schuler, Jonathan Allen and Mary Agnes Carey

CQ

It took intensive lobbying by President Bush and House Republican leaders, combined with the longest floor vote on record, to pull off House passage early Saturday morning of the most significant Medicare overhaul in the program's 38-year history.

The House vote began at 3 a.m., and by 5 a.m. it appeared the Medicare legislation would be rejected 216-218. But the Republican whip operation, aided by telephone calls to lawmakers from Bush and work on the House floor by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, then persuaded six lawmakers to switch their votes.

After Criticizing Jim Wright in '87, GOP Used His Tactic

For Immediate Release:

November 22, 2003

Contact:David Hawkings

CQ

In the pre-dawn partisan tumult after the extended Medicare vote, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., took to the microphones to liken the situation to one 16 years before — an instance that remains one of the formative moments of the House's current political dynamic.