Republican Outrages

House Republican Budget: Even Worse Than The President’s

For Immediate Release:

March 13, 2003

Contact:Chuck Fant
202-225-5501

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) issued the following statement today on the House Republican budget.

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Democrats Protest Closed Rules in the House

For Immediate Release:

March 17, 2003

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

Just three months into the 108th Congress, House Democrats are already reaching the height of frustration with the GOP majority and are putting in place a long-term strategy to hit back at Republicans for muzzling their views.

From the types of rules allowing bill consideration to choosing the rooms where the Democrats caucus, the minority party says Republicans have reached an ultimate low.

“At a certain point, the dictator clamps down on the screws more and more tightly and people finally rebel,” said a senior Democratic aide.

Hoyer Calls Republican Union Bashing “Shameful”

Responds to Latest Incident of GOP Union Bashing, Questioning Patriotism

For Immediate Release:

March 10, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement today in response to news reports of the latest incident of a Republican Member of Congress, Representative Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), bashing unions in an effort to raise campaign contributions:

“The Republican strategy of raising money by bashing unions with inflammatory language is shameful. 

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As Bush Budget Moves Forward, Hoyer And Blue Dogs Hit Republicans For Raising Debt Limit

Question Raising Debt Limit, Enacting Reckless Budget Plan

For Immediate Release:

March 11, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and leaders of the Blue Dog Coalition spoke out today on the need to raise the debt limit for the second time in a year following years of budget surplus, and the damaging consequences of President Bush’s fiscally irresponsible budget plan. The following is Congressman Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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Hoyer Hammers Reckless Republican Budget

Republicans Ignore America’s Priorities

For Immediate Release:

March 12, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to the outlines of the House Republican’s Fiscal Year 2004 Budget:

“The Republican budget is astonishing in its reckless disregard for the real needs of the American people.

“This budget tells America ‘We should slash the health care benefits of the veteran who fought in World War II to pay for an irresponsible tax cut for the wealthiest among us.’

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Republican Leadership Postpones Tax Relief For Service Men & Women To Protect GOP Special Interest Provisions

For Immediate Release:

March 6, 2003

Contact:Dan Maffei
202/225-3526
Rangel: "Republican leaders have put a few members’ pet provisions before the financial well-being of our troops."

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Excerpts from Newspaper Editorials from Around the Country on Welfare Reform

For Immediate Release:

February 11, 2003

Contact:

California

San Jose Mercury News, January 17, 2003

"This is not the time for the federal government to skimp on welfare programs, or to burden states with additional expenses. If Bush truly wants to help people become and remain independent, protect children and strengthen families, he will soften his approach."

Los Angeles Times, Be Flexible on Welfare Rules, May 18, 2002

"States need flexibility in defining "work" to allow some recipients to attend school, learn English or take training so they can get hired."

Spratt Says President's Budget Most Fiscally Damaging in U.S. History

For Immediate Release:

February 3, 2003

Contact:U.S. Rep. John Spratt

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) issued the following statement today on the President's Fiscal Year 2004 Budget.

"The $5.6 trillion unified budget surplus projected less than two years ago is gone. In its place, the Administration offers a budget with a $2.1 trillion deficit for the same ten-year period - an $8 trillion fiscal reversal in just two years.

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Tax Cuts and Red Ink

For Immediate Release:

February 4, 2003

Contact:Kent Conrad and John Spratt

The Washington Post

When President Bush took office, his budget officials estimated the cumulative surplus for the years 2002-11 to be $5.6 trillion. Last week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its outlook for the next 10 years, in which it declared that the cumulative surplus for that 10-year period "has been all but eliminated." And that's before the president's proposed tax cuts or spending initiatives are factored into the budget.