Republican Outrages

Hoyer: Republican Proposal on Ethics Process Is Nothing But a Charade

Ethics Process Must be Based on Bipartisan Compromise, Not Personal Agreements Among Individuals

For Immediate Release:

April 20, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this afternoon regarding the proposal on ethics rules by the new Chairman of the Ethics Committee, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA):

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Hoyer: Republicans Continue to Block Bipartisan Ethics Process

For Immediate Release:

April 14, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this afternoon after House Republicans defeated a Democratic effort to create a bipartisan task force to make recommendations to restore public confidence in the House ethics process:

“The ethics process in the House is in complete meltdown, and the responsibility for that lies squarely with the House Republican Majority.

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Hoyer: Arrogant Republican Partisanship Is Detrimental To Democracy

For Immediate Release:

April 13, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

 WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today at a press conference with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (NV), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), and Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), highlighting Republican abuses of power in Congress.

“Republicans run the most closed and bitterly partisan House in the history of our country, by enforcing closed rules that stifle debate, having sham conference committees that are irrelevant and holding votes open to achieve pre-ordained results.

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Hoyer: Republican Estate Tax Bill Will Harm American Families, Farms, And Small Businesses

For Immediate Release:

April 13, 2005

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WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today on the floor of the House of Representatives regarding the Republican Estate Tax Bill and the Democratic Alternative:

“Mr. Speaker, let’s be absolutely crystal clear: This Republican bill is nothing but a tax increase in disguise. It would raise taxes for thousands of families, farms and small businesses. There are no two ways about it.

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Tax frustrations show that the time for reform is right

Complexity's inexcusable: simplify, simplify, simplify!

For Immediate Release:

April 14, 2005

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by Rep. Steny Hoyer

Houston Chronicle

The one thing that millions of Americans will not be saying tomorrow is, "Thank goodness, it's Friday."

That's because Friday is April 15, the annual deadline for filing federal income tax returns — a duty of citizenship that provokes anxiety, confusion and anger in many taxpayers every year.

Hoyer Statement on Terri Schiavo

For Immediate Release:

March 20, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) delivered the following statement today on the Floor of the House of Representatives:

"Mr. Speaker, this has been an extraordinarily serious debate. It has been in many ways a real debate, with each Member rising and understanding the seriousness of the issues which we consider. On the one hand, we consider the life of one young woman, a young woman struck by tragedy, shared by her family and by her friends and by her country.

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Hoyer Points Out the Irony of President Bush Visiting the Bureau of Public Debt

Democratic Whip: President’s Social Security Proposal Would Add Nearly $5 Trillion in Debt

For Immediate Release:

April 5, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding President Bush’s visit to the Bureau of the Public Debt in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where the President spoke about Social Security:

“It is unbelievably ironic that the President chose the Bureau of the Public Debt as a backdrop for his ill-advised campaign to drum up support for the Republican proposal to privatize Social Security.

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Hoyer Assails Republican Weakening Of House's Ethics Standards

For Immediate Release:

January 4, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today spoke on the House Floor in opposition to Republicans’ weakening of the House’s ethical standards.   The following is Representative Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker, the opening day of a new Congress should be one in which the interests of this institution are paramount.  The body of rules we adopt to govern debate, decorum, and the actions of our Members should reflect that.

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Republicans Are Out-Of-Touch, Out-Of-Bounds

Democratic Whip Says New GOP Comments More Evidence of Desire to Inject Politics into Our Courts

For Immediate Release:

April 8, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to news reports regarding comments made by Majority Leader Tom DeLay and other leading Republicans:

“Everyday it becomes clearer that the Republican Party is out-of-touch with America and is increasingly stepping out-of-bounds in pushing their political agenda.

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Democrat Calls Bush's Budget 'Fiscally Irresponsible Fraud'

For Immediate Release:

February 7, 2005

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By Melanie Hunter, CNSNews.com Deputy Managing Editor
CNS News

A top House Democrat Monday called President Bush's $2.75 trillion budget plan "fiscally irresponsible fraud" that will be rejected by members of the president's own party.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the president's fiscal year 2006 budget "deliberately excludes the trillions of dollars" needed to implement Bush's Social Security privatization plan as well as the money needed to fund the Iraq war effort.