Republican Outrages

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: Why Aren’t Republicans Trying to Impeach Treasury Secretary John Snow?

Republicans’ Silence Is Sheer Hypocrisy, Democratic Whip Charges

For Immediate Release:

October 15, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after Treasury Secretary John Snow announced on Thursday that the federal government had hit the debt ceiling set by Congress (now $7.384) and that he would have to borrow funds from federal employees’ pension systems to prevent the government from defaulting on its debt:

 “The Republicans’ failure to increase the debt limit before leaving Washington not only demonstrates their sheer irresponsibility but also their sheer hypocrisy.

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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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Democratic leaders pressure DeLay to cede House post;

For Immediate Release:

October 9, 2004

Contact:Chuck Lindell

Austin American-Statesman

WASHINGTON -- Democrats demanded Thursday that Tom DeLay resign as U.S. House majority leader, claiming that a series of ethics reprimands reveals a pattern of corruption that renders the Texan unfit for a position of leadership.

"Mr. DeLay has proven himself to be ethically unfit to lead the party," said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, DeLay's Democratic counterpart. "The record has demonstrated that he will abuse power whenever he deems necessary."

HOYER ON U.S. NEED TO RAISE DEBT LIMIT, AGAIN:

Third Time is Not a Charm

For Immediate Release:

October 14, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to the Treasury Department’s announcement that the statutory debt ceiling has been reached, and that the Secretary of the Treasury can avoid default only by undertaking bookkeeping acrobatics:

“When it comes to raising the U.S.’s debt limit, the third time is not a charm.

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