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October 23, 2003Press Item
T wo area House members said yesterday they would offer an amendment to block the Bush administration from tightening control over government employees assigned to work in Congress...
October 24, 2003Press Item
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 28, 2003Press Item
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, 2003Press Item
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 29, 2003Press Item
It's not just Red Sox and Cubs fans who are shouting, "Wait till next year!" So are Republicans in Congress...
November 7, 2003Press Item
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke out on the House floor in opposition to a Republican provision in the Defense Authorization Conference Report, which would deny worker protections and rights to hundreds of thousands of Department of Defense civilian employees. The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery...
October 8, 2003Press Item
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans, in an unprecedented move, are threatening to deny hundreds of millions of dollars in home-state projects to Democrats who voted en bloc against White House-backed funding levels for education and health-care programs this year...
November 6, 2003Press Item
Statements by Rep. Hoyer and Rep. Obey
November 7, 2003Press Item
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to a news report in today’s Washington Post that the Bush White House will “not entertain any more questions from opposition lawmakers,” effectively preventing “Democrats from getting questions answered without the blessing of the GOP committee chairmen"...
November 7, 2003Press Item
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after House Democrats succeeded in collecting 200 Democratic signatures on a “discharge petition” to force House consideration of H.Res.398, a rule which would allow consideration of H.R. 3244 (sponsored by Reps. Rangel/Cardin) and H.R. 3270 (Sponsored by Rep. Dunn). A discharge petition is a procedural device that allows House Members to force a vote on legislation – usually over the objection of the House leadership – when they collect the signatures of 218 Members (a majority of House Members)...
November 7, 2003Press Item
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today released the following statement in response to the new national unemployment numbers announced this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics...
November 4, 2003Press Item
WASHINGTON, DC – In a letter delivered to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (TX) this afternoon, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) expressed his deep concern with the tactics being utilized by Republican leaders in the House to exclude Democratic members from conference negotiations. Representative Hoyer requested that Democratic conferees, as is tradition, be included in the conferences to which they were appointed. Currently, many Democratic conferees are shut out of “conference” meetings. The text of the letter is as follows...
November 5, 2003Press Item
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), a chief sponsor of the bipartisan “Late Term Abortion Restriction Act,” released the following statement today after President Bush signed the “Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act” into law...
October 29, 2003Press Item
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Bob Menendez, Rep. Darlene Hooley (D-OR), and Senators Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Hillary (D-NY) Clinton this afternoon to call on Congress to extend and expand unemployment benefits before they expire in December.
October 31, 2003Press Item
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) lambasted the Republican FAA Reauthorization conference report on the House Floor today – particularly the absence of a prohibition of privatizing air traffic control towers, which was included in the original House and Senate bills.
November 5, 2003Press Item
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) in a statement today voiced his support for full funding of the United States’ commitment to the global effort to fight HIV/AIDS. He encouraged the House to follow the Senate’s lead in providing full funding in the Fiscal Year 2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill. The following is his statement as prepared for delivery...
November 6, 2003Press Item
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the imminent increase in health insurance premiums for federal employees and retirees, which will rise an average of 10.6 percent on Monday, November 10th. This is the fourth consecutive year of double-digit increases...
October 29, 2003Press Item
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today released the following statement today criticizing Republicans for failing to include the privatization prohibition in the FAA Conference Report, which was in both the House and Senate passed bills:
October 29, 2003Press Item
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after President Bush’s statements today on Medicare and the progress of a prescription drug benefit bill in Congress.
October 29, 2003Press Item
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined House Administration Committee Chairman Bob Ney (R-OH) today to call on Congress and President Bush to support full funding for the 2002 Help America Vote Act. The next national election is only 369 days away, yet states still lack the funds to implement essential reform initiatives. The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:
October 28, 2003Press Item
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in support of the Federal Employee Student Loan Assistance Act (S. 926). The Act would increase the annual amounts that federal agencies can offer employees to help repay student loans and will be considered on the House Floor today:
October 28, 2003Press Item
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement tonight on the House Floor criticizing the anti-Semitic comments made by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad at the Organization of Islamic Conference on October 16. Hoyer, Majority Whip Roy Blunt (MO) and Reps. Shelley Berkley (D-NV) and Eric Cantor (R-VA) introduced a Resolution that is being debated on the House Floor tonight condemning Prime Minister Mohammad’s comments:
October 28, 2003Press Item
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) lauded the passage tonight of a Motion to Recommit the FAA Reauthorization Act to the conference committee as a clear rebuke to the Republican leadership, which fundamentally altered the legislation in conference after it passed the House 418-8 and the Senate 94-0 in June.
October 22, 2003Press Item
Seeking to score late-round political points as Republicans struggle to find an exit strategy, Congressional Democrats are mounting a four-week offensive to bring attention to what they say is the failure of President Bush and the GOP to address key domestic concerns.
October 23, 2003Press Item
Letter to President Bush from House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Representatives Rahm Emanuel (IL), Howard Berman (CA), Harold Ford (TN), Martin Frost (TX), Baron Hill (IN), Darlene Hooley (OR), Charlie Stenholm (TX), and Ellen Tauscher (CA.)