Tax and Appropriations

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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Hoyer: Bush Budget Lacks Credibility

“When It Comes to Masquerading as a Fiscal Conservative, President Bush Deserves an Academy Award”

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding President Bush’s Fiscal Year 2005 Budget:

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HOYER: NOW IS THE TIME TO FINISH THE JOB ON ELECTION REFORM

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), a lead sponsor of landmark, bipartisan election reform legislation in 2002 (the “Help America Vote Act”), today expressed extreme disappointment in the President’s FY05 budget request for election reform and urged Members on both sides of the aisle to support full funding for the Act:

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Bush Unveils $2.4 Trillion Fiscal 2005 Budget

$521 Billion Deficit Projected

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2004

Contact:By Jonathan Weisman, Mike Allen and Fred Barbash

The Washington Post

President Bush said this morning he is "confident" the government can halve the $521 billion deficit during the next few years, even while boosting homeland security and implementing what the administration called "the largest increase in the defense budget since the Reagan administration."

The president's comments followed release of the administration's $2.4 trillion budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins in October. The budget document acknowledged that the deficit was a "legitimate matter of concern."

Hoyer: Civilian Federal Employees Deserve Pay Parity with Military

Vows to Fight for Bipartisan Principle of Pay Parity

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the civilian federal pay adjustment proposed by President Bush in his Fiscal Year 2005 Budget:

“I am pleased that the President proposed a fair pay adjustment for the men and women of our armed services in his 2005 budget.  However, I am very disappointed that President Bush continues to show a lack of regard for civilian federal employee’s hard work and service by ignoring the bipartisan principle of pay parity.

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