Republican Outrages

Hoyer: Independent Commission Still Needed to Investigate Katrina Response

Democratic Whip Says Republican Report Fails to Answer Important Questions

For Immediate Release:

February 15, 2006

Contact:Liz Packard
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House Select Committee released its final report on the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina:

     “The unsparing language in this report is notable mostly because it comes from a Republican Congress that has failed to perform real oversight of the current Administration and because it demonstrates that we are still not prepared for a natural catastrophe or significant terrorist attack four and one-half years after 9/11.

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Hoyer Urges the President to Reach Out in the State of the Union Address

For Immediate Release:

January 31, 2006

Contact:Liz Packard
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today as President Bush prepared to deliver his State of the Union Address before Congress and the American people:

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Hoyer Statement on President Bush's State of the Union Address

For Immediate Release:

January 31, 2006

Contact:Liz Packard
(202) 225 - 3130

 “Tonight, President Bush said many things that virtually all Americans can agree with – that we must make our nation more secure, that we must expand access to health insurance and reduce costs, that we must break our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, and that we must restore fiscal discipline.  But recognizing the reality of these problems and offering real solutions -- as the American people know -- are two entirely different things.

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Hoyer: House Republicans Cannot Simply Point the Finger of Blame at Lobbyists

For Immediate Release:

January 10, 2006

Contact:Liz Packard
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today concerning reports that House Republicans plan to push new rules governing lobbyists’ access to lawmakers, in light of the evolving scandal involving Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff:

            “I am sure that many House Republicans would like nothing more than to stand on the sidelines and now pretend that the unfolding Abramoff scandal is largely a story of lobbyist misconduct and wrongdoing.

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Hoyer: With Republican Credibility in Tatters, Congress Must Take Up Democratic Lobbying Reform Proposals

Whip Says Republican Majority, First and Foremost, Must Constitute Vigorous, Real Ethics Process

For Immediate Release:

January 18, 2006

Contact:Liz Packard
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement in support of the “Honest Leadership, Open Government Act,” an aggressive set of reform proposals released today by House and Senate Democrats in response to the widening Abramoff scandal and other Republican abuses of power.  The Democrats’ ethics and lobbying proposals are designed to combat Republican abuses and to restore the American people’s confidence in the integrity of Congress:

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Hoyer: Republican Budget Bill Not Fiscally Responsible, But a Continuation of GOP’s History of Irresponsibility

For Immediate Release:

December 22, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130


WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the passage of the Republican budget bill in the Senate yesterday:

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Hoyer: “Present” Vote on Iraq Resolution Is Statement of Protest Against Republican Partisanship

For Immediate Release:

December 16, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement concerning his “present” on the Republican Resolution on Iraq:

“I voted ‘present’ on the Republican leadership’s Iraq Resolution today in protest of the continued partisanship with which that leadership is dealing with one of the most important issues facing our nation – the war in Iraq.  I would have voted ‘yes’ on this Resolution had it not become a matter of rank partisanship.

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Hoyer Calls Democratic Election Victories a Harbinger of Things to Come in 2006

Republicans Across the Nation Will Spend the Next Year Looking Over Their Shoulders, Says Whip

For Immediate Release:

November 8, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement tonight after Democrats scored key off-year election victories in closely watched gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia:

   “Tonight’s big election victories only confirm what virtually every major poll over the last six months has shown: The Republican Party is in deep trouble with American voters.

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Hoyer Statement on Federal Indictment of Vice President’s Chief of Staff

For Immediate Release:

October 28, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer released the following statement this afternoon after Lewis “Scooter” Libby was indicted on two counts of perjury, two counts of making false statements, and one count of obstruction of justice:

            “The federal indictment today of Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby, the Vice President’s chief of staff, on five felony charges is a very sad day for our nation and for this Administration.

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