Hoyer And Ney Urge White House To Provide Full Funding For Election Reform

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and House Administration Chairman Bob Ney (R-OH) today sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Joshua Bolten requesting that the White House Fiscal Year 2006 budget include full funding for the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).   Mr. Ney and Mr. Hoyer were the chief House sponsors of HAVA, the landmark election reform bill that was passed in response to the 2000 presidential election debacle.

“This afternoon Rep. Bob Ney and I sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Joshua Bolten urging that the White House’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2006, which is expected to be sent to Capitol Hill early next month, include full funding for the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).

“As the principal House sponsors of HAVA, Bob Ney and I pledged to help states carry out a wide range of essential election reforms by authorizing over $3.8 billion in Federal grants.  So far, Congress has provided only $3 billion.  Rep. Ney and I intend to make good on our commitment to the states by working together over the next several months to secure the remaining $859 million that HAVA promised.

“States made significant improvements in their election systems in 2004.  But much more needs to be done in the next year, including the implementation of state-wide computerized registration systems by January 1, 2006.  If states are to fulfill all the requirements set forth in HAVA, Congress must provide full funding in Fiscal Year 2006.”

Please click here for the text of the letter.