Tax and Appropriations

Oops, Republicans Almost Did It Again!!!

On Tie Vote, House Republicans Twist Arms to Defeat Democratic Effort to Pay for Tax Cuts and Balance Budget

For Immediate Release:

March 30, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

**Please note that 8 Republicans switched their vote on the Democratic motion to instruct Budget conferees after time expired - in order of switching: Reps. Renzi, Bachus, Ose, Smith (MI), Smith (TX), Baker, Whitfield, Kirk.

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after House Republicans “defeated” a Democratic Motion to Instruct conferees on the budget on a tie vote, 209-209.

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WHIP HOYER AND DEMOCRATIC LEADERS:

Democratic Budget Strong on Defense, Homeland Security

For Immediate Release:

March 25, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and Democratic leaders on defense and security issues, including Armed Services Ranking Democrat Ike Skelton (MO), House Budget Committee Ranking Democrat John Spratt (SC), Homeland Security Committee Ranking Democrat Jim Turner (TX),  and Rep. Ben Chandler (KY) this morning praised the House Democratic Budget alternative.  The Democratic Budget alternative matches the House Republican budget on defense and provides more funding for homeland security than the Republican budget.  The following is Rep.

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Hoyer Vows to Fight for Pay Parity

For Immediate Release:

March 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today vowing to fight for pay parity for federal civilian employees and military employees in Fiscal Year 2005 after an amendment to add language in support of the bipartisan principle failed in committee:

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Hoyer, Blue Dogs Tackle Ballooning Bush Debt

Inflate Giant Red Balloon, Denounce GOP “Hot Air” on PAYGO Budget Mechanism

For Immediate Release:

March 18, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and the Blue Dog Coalition inflated a giant red balloon today as a symbol of the ballooning Bush Debt.  The Democrats also denounced the Republican leadership’s and Administration’s “hot air” on their ineffective “pay-as-you-go” (PAYGO) budget mechanism that only applies to spending and not to tax cuts. 

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Budget Battle Heads to Floor

For Immediate Release:

March 23, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings & Ben Pershing

Roll Call

As House Republicans work to build support for the fiscal 2005 budget, Democrats head into this week’s vote confident that their own Members will unanimously oppose the GOP bill.

IS IT IRRESPONSIBILITY WEEK IN THE U.S. HOUSE?

For Immediate Release:

March 16, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) challenged Republicans this week to offer a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2005 that reins in record budget deficits – rather than pretending to do so – and that meets America’s priorities.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement:

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HOYER: REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS THE REAL MARCH MADNESS

Confusion in Committee Shows GOP has Little Confidence in Own Budget Choices

For Immediate Release:

March 11, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement regarding the fiscal year 2005 House Republican Budget:

“The Republican’s fiscal year 2005 budget is the real March Madness this month and the American people should pay close attention.

“It should worry every American that Republicans have trimmed the President’s request for Homeland Security needs.  That is the last place that we should look for money to trim the Republican deficit.

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Where’s the Republican Budget?

Republican Leaders Had Time to Whine,But Were Unable to Complete Budget

For Immediate Release:

March 12, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning regarding the House Republicans’ failure on Thursday to finish their Budget Committee markup of the FY05 Budget Resolution due to internal conflicts over spending levels and deficit reduction:

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Whip Hoyer Joins Democratic Leaders in Launching Discharge Petition on Bipartisan Manufacturing

Legislation Bipartisan Bill Would Keep Jobs in U.S., End Trade Sanctions

For Immediate Release:

March 10, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, along with Representative Baron Hill and the House Democratic Leadership, today signed a discharge petition that would force the House to vote on the bipartisan Rangel-Manzullo manufacturing bill.  The legislation will help American manufacturers create jobs in America and avoid potentially billions of dollars in European Union trade sanctions, which began on March 1. 

As the House Democratic Whip, Hoyer will lead the effort to collect signatures for this discharge petition.

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HOYER: TAXING NOT-FOR-PROFIT CREDIT UNIONS IS BAD FOR CONSUMERS

For Immediate Release:

March 8, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement in response to recent comments by Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) to the Federation of American Hospitals Forum in which he alluded to raising taxes on not-for-profit Credit Unions which provide basic financial services to low and middle income Americans:

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