Tax and Appropriations

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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House Leadership of Congressional Fire Services Caucus Laments Cuts to Fire Grant Program

Urge President to Reinstate Funding

For Immediate Release:

February 13, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – The House leadership of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, led by House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), sent a letter yesterday to President Bush urging him to reconsider his decision to significantly reduce funding for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.  In his fiscal year 2005 budget, the Bush Administration proposes reducing the $750 million grant program by one-third, for a cut of $250 million dollars. 

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Hoyer: Administration’s Budget Language on Federal Employee Pay is Troubling

For Immediate Release:

February 5, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding language in President Bush’s Fiscal Year 2005 Budget Analytical Perspectives (page 218) which states:

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Bipartisan Majority of the House Votes to Extend Unemployment Benefits for Long-Term Unemployed

Hoyer Urges Republican Leadership to Follow Through on the Will of the House

For Immediate Release:

February 4, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed a Democratic amendment to the “Improving the Community Services Block Grant Act” (H.R. 3030) to authorize funding for a six-month extension of unemployment benefits.  The amendment passed 227 to 179, with 39 Republicans voting for it:

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HOYER ON PRESIDENT BUSH’S BUDGET CUTS

New Analysis Shows that Cuts to Important Programs are Bigger than Reported

For Immediate Release:

February 5, 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 new Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report that shows that President Bush’s Fiscal Year 2005 Budget contains larger cuts in domestic spending than has been previously reported:

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Hoyer Floor Statement on President’s Budget Proposal: The Great Pretender

For Immediate Release:

February 3, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC- House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement on the House Floor today regarding President Bush’s budget proposal (as prepared for delivery).  The statement may also be viewed on the home page of the Office of the Democratic Whip Website under Floor Feature – Spotlight on Hot Issues section:

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