Republican Outrages

Hoyer: Ethics Committee's Credibility Is In Tatters As Republican Purge Continues

Firing of Professional Staffers Smacks of Retribution, and Is Yet Another Example of Republican Arrogance and Abuse

For Immediate Release:

February 16, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the recent firing of professional staffers on the House Ethics Committee by the new Republican Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Doc Hastings (WA):

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Hoyer: How Can We Trust the President's Budget and Social Security Estimates Now?

Democratic Whip Says New Estimate on Prescription Drug Costs Undercuts the President’s Credibility

For Immediate Release:

February 9, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding a new estimate on prescription drug costs by the Bush Administration:

“The Bush Administration has finally been forced to admit that its Medicare prescription drug package will actually cost $1.2 trillion over the next decade, more than twice as much as the figure it provided just over a year ago.

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Hoyer Statement on "Jeff Gannon" Connection to Valerie Plame Leak

For Immediate Release:

February 15, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement regarding revelations that a man who went by the name of “Jeff Gannon,” and who was given White House media credentials despite his lack of qualifications, was given access to classified documents which disclosed the identity of Undercover CIA Operative Valerie Plame:

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Hoyer: President Bush Must Move “Bipartisanship” Out of His Talking Points and Into His Action Plan

Privatization of Social Security Is a Non-Starter, Says Democratic Whip

For Immediate Release:

February 1, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the State of the Union Address by President Bush that is scheduled for Wednesday evening:

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House votes to relax internal ethics rules

GOP-backed change makes it more difficult to pursue inquiries

For Immediate Release:

January 5, 2005

Contact:Rick Klein and Susan Milligan

The Boston Globe

WASHINGTON -- The House yesterday loosened its internal ethics guidelines by voting to make it more difficult for ethics probes to be launched against members of Congress.

The vote came about 20 hours after House Republicans late Monday backed down from a pair of more drastic changes to ethics regulations, when faced with outrage from Democrats and some rank-and-file Republicans.

GOP Shifts Gears on Ethics Rule

House Democrats Assail Change Limiting Ways an Investigation Can Start

For Immediate Release:

January 5, 2005

Contact:Mike Allen

The Washington Post

House Republicans opened a new session of Congress yesterday by pushing through a new rule curtailing the ways ethics investigations can be launched, a day after they retreated on two other ethics moves.

With Democrats objecting, Republicans passed a package of House rules that requires at least one Republican to agree before the ethics committee begins an inquiry. The committee's membership is evenly divided between parties, and previously a deadlock meant an inquiry would automatically begin.

HOYER: NATION’S CHILDREN STILL WAITING FOR REPUBLICANS TO FULFILL PROMISE

Tomorrow is 3rd Anniversary of No Child Left Behind Act

For Immediate Release:

January 7, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the third anniversary of the signing of the "No Child Left Behind Act" tomorrow (January 8):

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House Ethics Inquiries to Be Less Likely

For Immediate Release:

January 5, 2005

Contact:Richard Simon

The Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — The House opened the new congressional session Tuesday by voting to make it harder for the ethics committee to initiate investigations of members, as GOP leaders salvaged one key element of a discarded plan for easing ethics standards.

Under the new rule, a majority of the ethics committee's members will have to vote to launch an investigation. Previously, an investigation could proceed even if the committee — with five Republicans and five Democrats — was deadlocked.

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 Rep. 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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Rigging the Rules

For Immediate Release:

January 2, 2005

Contact:Editorial

Houston Chronicle

The latest maneuvering on ethics rules by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and in Austin revises the old homily about how you play the game being more important than whether you win or lose. The new maxim, explicitly designed to protect House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Sugar Land from possible indictments for campaign law violations, can be summarized as follows:

"When in danger of losing, simply rewrite the rules in the middle of the game to make it impossible for the other side to win."