Tax and Appropriations

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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South Capitol Street Bridge Receives Funding

For Immediate Release:

January 26, 2004

Contact:Bree Hocking

Roll Call

A key transportation artery is in line for some much-needed repairs after last week’s Senate passage of the omnibus spending bill.

The legislation includes $7 million for structural and safety improvements to South Capitol Street and the Frederick Douglass Bridge from the Southeast-Southwest Freeway to Firth Sterling Avenue in Anacostia. The Douglass bridge is considered severely compromised when it comes to safety, structural adequacy, serviceability and function.

Hoyer, Ney Praise Voting Reform Funds In FY04 Omnibus

For Immediate Release:

January 23, 2004

Contact:Susan Davis

CongressDaily

House Minority Whip Hoyer and House Administration Chairman Ney today lauded the passage of the FY04 omnibus appropriations bill for its inclusion of a $1.5 billion earmark to help fund the 2002 Help America Vote Act, which they co-sponsored.

"The money is not completely there, but it's on track," said Ney. To date, the act has received $3 billion of the $3.86 billion originally authorized, prompted by the 2000 presidential election recount debacle.

Hoyer: As President Lauds Homeland Security Employees, He Refuses to Support Fair Pay Adjustment

For Immediate Release:

March 2, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning after remarks by President Bush on the first anniversary of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security:

“The men and women of the Department of Homeland Security – which includes Coast Guard officers, Secret Service agents, Border Patrol agents and other dedicated public servants – surrounded President Bush today as he lauded their efforts over the last year.  And their heartfelt appreciation and patriotism were apparent.

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Hoyer: The Country Can’t Afford NOT to Provide Pay Parity

Whip Responds to Chairman’s Assertion that Country Cannot Afford Fair Pay Adjustment

For Immediate Release:

February 19, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to a recent Dear Colleague regarding the bipartisan principle of pay parity distributed to the press by Chairman Ernest Istook (R-OK):

“Chairman Istook asked in a recent Dear Colleague to Members of Congress regarding pay parity for federal civilian and military employees: ‘Can we afford this?’  The answer is we can’t afford not to provide pay parity for federal civilian and military employees.

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