Articles & Op-Eds

November 23, 2003
Collecting dust atop a desk in the office of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., is a laptop computer displaying a digital clock.
November 22, 2003
It took intensive lobbying by President Bush and House Republican leaders, combined with the longest floor vote on record, to pull off House passage early Saturday morning of the most significant Medicare overhaul in the program's 38-year history.
November 22, 2003
In the pre-dawn partisan tumult after the extended Medicare vote, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., took to the microphones to liken the situation to one 16 years before — an instance that remains one of the formative moments of the House's current political dynamic.
November 12, 2003
Most of the stories about the California recall election noted after the fact that California had dodged a bullet: The dire predictions about election process failure did not come to pass. As John McLaughlin would say, “WRONG!”...
November 8, 2003
Congress is winding down, which is causing the partisanship to be ratcheted up...
November 8, 2003
To hear congressional Democrats tell it, this is the beginning of the end of democracy...
November 7, 2003
A Jewish Democratic group is creating an award to memorialize Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson of Washington state, the legendary liberal internationalist who did much to win the Cold War and whose staunch support for the Jewish state helped it through some rough times...
November 7, 2003
Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (Md.), the House's second-ranking Democrat, hoped to use funds from a $138 billion spending bill now before Congress to upgrade the computer system at St. Mary's College of Maryland, modernize laboratories at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and support a nonprofit group that repairs the homes of poor, elderly and disabled Marylanders...
November 6, 2003
John Podesta briefed the House Democratic whip team yesterday on his vision for a progressive think tank that would rival the likes of the conservative Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute...
November 5, 2003
Republicans are accusing Senate Democrats of using "a new tool of obstruction" to stall legislation designed to prevent the kinds of wildfires that devastated Southern California last month...
November 5, 2003
Senate leaders told rank-and-file Members on Tuesday that the Veterans Day holiday has been canceled and a five-day workweek would be instituted for the remainder of the session, as Nov. 21 has now been officially identified as the new target day for adjournment...
November 5, 2003
When I came to Washington, one of the first lawmakers I met was Rep. George Mahon (D), a tall, taciturn Texan who was chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. I was awed...
November 5, 2003
Enraged House Democrats say that bipartisan relations in the House — especially regarding joint House-Senate conferences — have reached an all-time low, far worse than when they controlled Congress for 40 years...
November 4, 2003
Escalating a partisan dispute, Senate Republicans said Tuesday they are weighing procedural tactics to override Democratic efforts to prevent two bills from advancing to House-Senate conferences...
November 3, 2003
One year ago on Oct. 29, President Bush signed the most sweeping electoral reform legislation into law since the Voting Rights Act of 1965...
October 31, 2003
House Minority Whip Hoyer this afternoon predicted next year's elections would be less dominated by security issues than the 2002 elections, and Democrats could win the House in 2004 if they get the political wind Republicans received in 1994...
October 30, 2003
WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $60 billion aviation bill on Thursday after Democrats fought a losing battle to preserve a proposed ban on the expansion of air traffic privatization...
October 30, 2003
House Democratic leaders and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members today reiterated their vow to fight the FAA reauthorization bill when it comes to the floor.
October 30, 2003
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House and Senate negotiators reopened talks Wednesday on the four-year, $60 billion reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration...
October 29, 2003
Sponsors of the 2002 election overhaul are pressuring President Bush to actively support their effort to get states all the money Congress promised to meet the law's new standards...
October 29, 2003
It's not just Red Sox and Cubs fans who are shouting, "Wait till next year!" So are Republicans in Congress...
October 28, 2003
Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.) sent a highly personal letter to his “friend” Rep. Ralph Regula (R-Ohio) Friday, offering to ease the tension over the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education spending bill...
October 28, 2003
The FAA reauthorization will likely be sent back to a House-Senate conference committee tonight, potentially paving the way for Republicans to strip language from the bill that allows privatization of some air traffic control workers...
October 24, 2003
Intent on avoiding a repeat of the 2000 presidential election debacle, the Senate has added $1 billion to the president's request for funds to carry out improvements in the national voting system...
October 23, 2003
Democrats frustrated about being excluded from final negotiations on energy and Medicare legislation are striking back by blocking less prominent bills and accusing the GOP of abusing its majority power...