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August 16, 2004
With the 2004 presidential election on the horizon, disabilities advocacy groups like UCP are now stepping up their rhetoric in support of the Help America Vote Act, which establishes higher standards of voting accessibility at polling places.
August 11, 2004
House Democrats, led by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, urged President Bush Tuesday to call a rare special session of Congress to swiftly pass the Sept. 11 commission's recommendations for reorganizing the country's intelligence operations.
August 3, 2004
The possibility that the Democrats could retake the Senate in November has recently become a staple of discussion among political consultants and reporters.
July 30, 2004
House Democrats, led by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, intend to make rising tax complexity an election year issue. Republicans are devoting floor time to tax simplification in the House this week, but there is no denying that they have dropped the ball on this growing problem.
July 28, 2004
While most of the Democratic faithful view today’s conventions as a largely ceremonial event with few surprises, some aspects of the past remain — including the tapping of a referee to ensure the nomination goes off without a hitch.
July 27, 2004
The Democratic National Convention is underway in Boston - and several well-known Maryland lawmakers are on hand for the important event.
July 26, 2004
At home, Maryland Democrats have been struggling with internal squabbles and an inconsistent message in the two years since losing the governor's mansion. But in Boston this week, several of the state's top Democrats will be thrust into the national spotlight at the party's convention.
July 25, 2004
The Democratic National Convention is underway in Boston - and several well-known Maryland lawmakers are on hand for the important event.
July 25, 2004
THE DEMOCRATS opened their national convention last night, heeding the call to accentuate the positive but mindful that there is one reason for their extraordinary party unity.
July 25, 2004
Congress, departing for its summer recess, left behind few achievements and a backlog of business to accomplish this fall amid election rancor, political analysts said.
July 22, 2004
Could it be that House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., secretly wants a lame-duck session?
July 22, 2004
U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer has a lot of ground to cover on any given day. Hoyer's district includes parts of Prince George's, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties.
July 22, 2004
House Minority Whip Hoyer said Wednesday that positive generic polling numbers, promising Democratic candidates and an unproductive Republican-controlled Congress would boost Democratic chances of taking the House.
July 22, 2004
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is grounding his claim that Democrats “are in striking distance” of taking back the House with a heavy statistical comparison to the Republican watershed election of 1994.
July 22, 2004
The House Appropriations Committee approved legislation Thursday that would provide equal pay adjustments for military and civilian federal employees in 2005.
July 22, 2004
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is grounding his claim that Democrats “are in striking distance” of taking back the House with a heavy statistical comparison to the Republican watershed election of 1994.
July 20, 2004
With the Democratic National Convention just a week away, the mood of Congressional Democrats heading into their all-important political rally verges on the smug.
July 20, 2004
House Democrats will offer a discharge petition today in an attempt to force floor consideration of mandatory electricity reliability standards.
July 19, 2004
Eight Washington area House members have announced plans to offer an amendment that would ensure civil service employees get the same raise next year as the military -- 3.5 percent.
July 19, 2004
A senior Democratic lawmaker will introduce an amendment later this week to grant federal civilian employees the same 3.5 percent pay raise that military personnel will receive in 2005.
July 16, 2004
House Minority Whip Hoyer met today with members of the recently formed Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, an organization dedicated to the electoral defeat of President Bush made up of a bipartisan group of 27 former government and military officials.
July 15, 2004
House Democrats plan to take the argument for tax simplification to voters this fall, thus venturing into traditional Republican territory.
July 14, 2004
House Democrats, led by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, intend to make rising tax complexity an election year issue.
July 14, 2004
House Minority Whip Hoyer criticized GOP leaders Tuesday for what he called an "abuse of power" for holding floor votes open until the majority position prevails.
July 14, 2004
House Minority Whip Hoyer charged Tuesday that Republican tax cuts enacted over the last four years have added layers of complexity to the tax code, offering a preview of the Democratic message as House members debate tax policy this week and next.