Republican Outrages

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.


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.

Bush budget is deja voodoo all over again

For Immediate Release:

February 11, 2003

Contact:Steny Hoyer & Charles Stenholm

The Dallas Morning News

President Bush told the nation in his State of the Union address that "we will not pass along our problems to other Congresses, other presidents and other generations."

But last week, the administration's budget projected a $307 billion deficit for next year and deficits for as far as the eye can see - even as the administration pushes a new $674 billion tax plan and contemplates military action in Iraq that could cost hundreds of billions of dollars more.

For us, it seems like deja "voodoo economics" all over again.

Hoyer on the President's 2004 Budget: "The Fiscal Frankenstein Returns with a Vengeance"

For Immediate Release:

February 3, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the Fiscal Year 2004 Budget released by the Bush Administration today:

"One week after telling the American people that 'we will not pass along our problems to other Congresses, other presidents, and other generations,' the President has released a budget for Fiscal Year 2004 that does precisely that. Budget deficits - the fiscal Frankenstein that shackles economic growth - are back with a vengeance.


Congressman Hoyer Delivers Democratic Response to the President's Radio Address

For Immediate Release:

November 16, 2002

Contact:Stacey Farnen
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), who became Maryland's highest ranking Member of Congress ever when he was unanimously elected to be the next House Democratic Whip on Thursday, will deliver the Democratic response to the President's weekly national radio address on Saturday. The following is the text of Congressman Hoyer's remarks, as delivered:


Hoyer on Passing the Health Care Bill on MSNBC

We're going to finish the job that we started. We had a big victory. Set the Health Care Bill to the President for signature. He's going to sign it tomorrow morning and we're going to finish the bill with the amendments called the reconciliation, reconciling the differences between the House and the Senate. And when they pass that and send it to the President, that will be the law. If they make some changes we'll certainly be ready to receive them and consider them...

Health Care Reform in Congress on CBS

We needed to provide access to affordable health care for all Americans and all families. That is the single best selling point because if we don't do that, the system is more expensive, less efficient, our nation is less healthy, and all Americans who have insurance are paying about $1,000 extra in their policies to accomplish that objective...

Steny Hoyer Opening Remarks at the White House Health Care Summit

We should have available an affordable health care to every American citizen to every family. I suppose there are a whole lot of every Americans and American families listening to us today and watching us. And they're hoping that we're all sitting around here talking about them, not about us...

Talks on Upcoming Bipartisan Health Care Summit on Fox

Like the President, we're all focused on a comprehensive health care reform bill, which we think the American people really will support when they know the component parts of it because the polling data shows that when you ask not are you for the health care reform bill, which has been perceived by some as creating confrontation and division as a result of the congressional consideration...

Majority Leader Hoyer Blasts the Republican Motion to Recommit on Health Care

My colleagues on the other side of the aisle demanded 72 hours notice for the bill and they've gotten four or five months notice. They gave us 72 seconds to consider this amendment...