Republican Outrages

Democrats Riled by GOP's Efforts To Cut Deals on Air Privatization

For Immediate Release:

October 18, 2003

Contact:Kathryn A. Wolfe

CQ

Nearly three months after House and Senate conferees hurriedly agreed to a four-year, $59.2 billion reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the legislation is still mired in a largely partisan dispute over privatization of airport control towers.

GOP’S FAA-NIMBY SYNDROME

Republicans Show Once Again They Don’t Want Private Air Traffic Control Towers in Their Districts

For Immediate Release:

October 16, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today released the following statement in response to a press report in Aviation Daily that House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Mica is going to remove air traffic control towers in Republican districts from the privatization list in order to buy off votes for the FAA Reauthorization Conference Report: 

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Democrats want a special investigation; GOP sees partisan politics

For Immediate Release:

September 30, 2003

Contact:Jesse J. Holland

Associated Press

Congressional Democrats plan to continue pressing the White House for an independent investigation into how an undercover CIA officer's identity was revealed, and will hold closed-door talks with the officer's husband to further their efforts.

Democratic leaders condemned the disclosure of the name of the CIA officer, who is the wife of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, a prominent critic of Bush's Iraq policy.

Democrats call for independent probe of CIA leak

Republicans say no need for special counsel

For Immediate Release:

October 1, 2003

Contact:Sean Loughlin

CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) --Reports that the White House leaked the name of a CIA operative -- the wife of an administration critic -- have sparked an intense, if predictable, furor on Capitol Hill: Democrats are demanding an independent investigation, while leading Republicans say the matter, though serious, is being overblown.

Democrats say the White House is going after critics. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland compared the alleged move to the "Nixon White House enemies' list." But Republicans say Democrats are merely looking for political advantage.

HOYER, DEMOCRATS URGE REPUBLICANS “DON’T WEAKEN AIR SAFETY”

For Immediate Release:

September 24, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN), Ranking Democrat on the House Transportation Committee, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Democrat on the Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation, John Carr, President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and Jeremy Yahn, an experienced Air Traffic Controller, held a press conference this afternoon in opposition to Republican attempts to privatize air traffic control and weaken air safety. The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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GOP's Power Play

Goal of Reforms in House Gives Way To Tough Tactics Party Once Criticized

For Immediate Release:

July 26, 2003

Contact:Jim VandeHei and Juliet Eilperin

Washington Post

Nearly 10 years after winning control of the House by vowing a fairer and more open Congress, Republicans have tossed aside many of the institutional reforms they promised, increasingly employing hard-nosed tactics they decried a decade ago, according to numerous lawmakers and scholars.

Among the reforms championed by an earlier generation of House Republicans, and subsequently dropped or weakened: term limits for rank-and-file members as well as committee chairmen; stricter ethics laws; and greater power for individual members and the minority party.

GOP thrust energizes Democrats

For Immediate Release:

July 23, 2003

Contact:Hans Nichols and Alexander Bolton

The Hill

House Democrats head into the August recess furious at Republican leaders who they claim have crossed the acceptable boundaries of partisanship.

But their anger has also emboldened them to try harder to work together as an opposition party and get their message across.

HOYER ON $450 BILLION DEFICIT

“Wake Up America, the Republican Party is leading this country in the wrong direction”

For Immediate Release:

July 15, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to news reports that the budget deficit for fiscal year 2003 is expected to exceed $450 billion dollars according to White House estimates, which is 50 percent higher than the Administration’s forecast 5 months ago and nearly $50 billion more than economists anticipated just last week:

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AS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE RISES, HOUSE WHIP CRITICIZES FAILED BUSH ECONOMIC PLAN

“There’s No Independence in Unemployment, Mr. President”

For Immediate Release:

July 3, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning after the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent in June and the economy lost 30,000 jobs last month:

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HOYER RELEASES REPORT ON WHITE HOUSE POLITICAL APPOINTEE BONUSES

For Immediate Release:

July 10, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement today regarding a report by the Office of Personnel Management on cash bonuses awarded to political appointees by the White House.  Mr.

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