Science and Technology

DEMOCRATS PUSH FOR ELECTRICITY RELIABILITY LEGISLATION TO PREVENT FUTURE BLACKOUTS

For Immediate Release:

July 20, 2004

Contact:Jodi Seth
202-225-3641

Washington, D.C. - After nearly a year of urging the Republican leadership in the House to consider electricity reliability legislation to prevent another massive blackout, Democrats today launched a discharge petition to try to force consideration of H.R. 3004, the “Electricity Reliability Improvement Act of 2003.” 

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Week of June 14, 2004

BILL TEXT AND BACKGROUND

For Immediate Release:

June 14, 2004

Contact:

  H.R. 4503 - Energy Policy Act

HOYER STATEMENT ON THE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 2004

For Immediate Release:

June 14, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in support of the Improving Access to Assistive Technology for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004:

 “Mr. Speaker, technology has become tremendously important in everyone's daily life, but there are perhaps few places where technology plays as important a role in an individual's daily lives than for individuals with disabilities.

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HOUSE DEMOCRATS DECRY SHIFT OF BIOTERRORISM FUNDS

19 House Democrats Send Letter to HHS Opposing Administration's Decision

For Immediate Release:

June 4, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON -  House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today released a letter from 19 House Democrats to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, stating opposition to the Bush Administration’s decision to “reprogram”, or move funds from state and local bioterrorism preparedness.  The Administration has indicated it will shift $55 million in Fiscal 2004 bioterrorism preparedness funding away from the State and Local Bioterrorism Preparedness to other initiatives.  The text of the letter is below:

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HOYER PROTESTS “ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL” IN BIOTERRORISM INITIATIVES

For Immediate Release:

June 1, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in protest of the Bush Administration’s request to “reprogram” or shift funds from state and local bioterrorism preparedness:

“I join our nation's governors, public health officials, and public health advocates in opposing the Bush Administration's plan to ‘reprogram,’ or shift, $55 million in Fiscal Year 2004 bioterrorism preparedness funding away from the State and Local Bioterrorism Preparedness to other programs. 

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2006 Cuts In Domestic Spending On Table

For Immediate Release:

May 27, 2004

Contact:Jonathan Weisman

The Washington Post

The White House put government agencies on notice this month that if President Bush is reelected, his budget for 2006 may include spending cuts for virtually all agencies in charge of domestic programs, including education, homeland security and others that the president backed in this campaign year.

HOYER STATEMENT ON RESOLUTION ON IRAN’S DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

For Immediate Release:

May 7, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement in support of H.Con.Res 398, which expressed the concern of Congress over Iran’s development of the means to produce nuclear weapons and overwhelmingly passed the House yesterday.  The statement was entered in the Congressional Record at the time of debate:
 

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HOYER AND TURNER MEET WITH PUBLIC HEALTH GROUPS ON BIO-TERRORISM

For Immediate Release:

May 4, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and Representative Jim Turner (TX), Ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, met with public health groups today to discuss our nation's preparedness for the threat of bio-terrorism.  Representative Turner also introduced the RAPID Cures Act today which would develop a strategy to achieve a dramatic reduction in the timeframe required for the delivery of drugs and vaccines to counter pathogen threats for which we have no existing countermeasures. 

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