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WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the resignation of Election Assistance Commission Buster Soaries:
"Buster Soaries resignation from the EAC, one of two commissioners appointed by the Republicans, underscores the critical need for Congress to fully fund HAVA and provide the EAC with the resources it needs to function effectively. Since HAVA was signed into law in 2002, I have urged my colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee to make sure Congress provides the $3.8 billion authorized under the act. To date, we have appropriated only $3 billion.
"The real problem, however, is not a lack of support from Congress, but a lack of leadership and commitment to reform from the Bush Administration. At a time when this nation has dedicated itself to spreading democracy abroad, the least this Administration should do is make sure our own democracy has the resources it needs to function well.
"I hope this Administration and Congress seriously consider Mr. Soaries’ observations as we develop the Fiscal Year 2006 budget."