Republican Outrages

Budget Critics Say Furor Over Tax Provision Highlights Big Flaws in Process

For Immediate Release:

November 25, 2004

Contact:Joseph J. Schatz and Jill Barshay

Congressional Quarterly

The hasty and haphazard completion of nine overdue fiscal 2005 spending bills raised new appeals from lawmakers that Congress figure out a better way to enact its annual budget.

Lawmakers combined the nine appropriations bills into a huge $388.4 billion omnibus in the recently completed lame-duck session — a process that left some lawmakers expressing outrage. The new fiscal year began Oct. 1, and appropriators resorted to creating an omnibus package in an effort to enact the overdue spending bills as quickly as possible.

The Nine Bills at a Glance

House Republicans Act to Protect DeLay

For Immediate Release:

November 18, 2004

Contact:Charles Babington and Helen Dewar

The Washington Post

Emboldened by their election success, House Republicans changed their rules yesterday to allow Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Tex.) to keep his post even if a grand jury indicts him, and Senate GOP leaders continued to weigh changing long-standing rules governing filibusters to prevent Democrats from blocking President Bush's most conservative judicial nominees.

Democrats Blast New GOP Rule

For Immediate Release:

November 18, 2004

Contact:Ben Pershing and Erin P. Billings

Roll Call

House Republicans changed their Conference rules Wednesday to allow indicted party leaders and committee chairmen an opportunity to remain in their posts, even as Democrats moved to toughen their own internal guidelines on the subject.

The GOP rule change was devised as a way to prevent Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) from losing his leadership post if he is indicted by a Texas grand jury in connection with an investigation into corporate donations to state political campaigns.

DEBACLE ON TAXPAYER PROVISION EPITOMIZES REPUBLICANS’ ABUSE OF PROCESS

Hoyer Says House Republicans Refuse to Let House Work Its Will on Omnibus and Other Bills

For Immediate Release:

December 6, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House considered legislation directing the Clerk of the House to delete a provision from the Omnibus Appropriations Bill that could have given staff members of the Appropriations Committee broad access to Americans’ tax returns:

“This entire episode is the tip of the iceberg of a much more serious problem that ought to concern the American people: the abuse of power that has now become routine under this Republican House Majority.

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HOYER STATEMENT ON CONTROVERSIAL TAXPAYER PROVISION

Says Republican Abuse of Power Is At Fault, Democratic Objections Will Help Force Vote on 9/11 Legislation

For Immediate Release:

November 24, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement today regarding the inclusion of a controversial provision which would have given certain Congressional staff access to taxpayers' tax returns in the massive 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Conference Report:

“This colossal blunder was anticipated. 

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Republicans Dig America Deep into Debt

Congress Poised to Raise America's Debt Limit for Third Time in Three Years

For Immediate Release:

November 15, 2004

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» Hoyer: Republicans’ Increase of Debt Limit Immoral, November 18, 2004

» View Charts Depicting How Republican Policies Plunged America into Debt prepared by the House Budget Committee Democratic Staff

HOYER: REPUBLICANS’ INCREASE OF DEBT LIMIT IMMORAL

Republican Policies Force Third Increase in Three Years

For Immediate Release:

November 18, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in anticipation of a House vote to raise the limit on the amount of debt America can incur:

“It is ironic that Republicans’ first major action after an election in which they touted their strong sense of morality will be one of immense immorality.

“Republicans’ irresponsible policies have left them no choice but to raise the limit on the amount of debt America can incur.  But there is a choice in how it is raised.

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HOYER ON DEBT LIMIT:

The Third Time Is Not a Charm

For Immediate Release:

November 19, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement tonight regarding the raising of the debt limit for the third time in three years:

"The disastrous consequences of the Republican Party’s irresponsible fiscal policies are on full display tonight, and they can no longer be ignored.

"For they threaten to cripple our future prosperity and haunt future generations.

"When George W. Bush took office in 2001, he proclaimed (and I quote):

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HOYER: IMPASSE ON INTELLIGENCE REFORM DEMONSTRATES THE IMPORTANCE OF ELECTING DEMOCRATS TO HOUSE MAJORITY

Democratic Whip Says House Republicans Are “Constitutionally Incapable” of Bipartisan Consensus on Key Issue

For Immediate Release:

October 27, 2004

Contact:Anna Bell Farrar
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the continuing impasse on an intelligence reform bill and the failure of this Republican Congress to enact legislation on other major issues:

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