Tax and Appropriations

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

For Immediate Release:

January 24, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

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.

Hoyer: Borrowing For Private Accounts Would Hurt Economy, Businesses

For Immediate Release:

January 14, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement in response to reported remarks by Office of Management and Budget Director Josh Bolten to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today:

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HOYER: APPOINTMENTS TO TAX REFORM PANEL ARE A STEP FORWARD

But Democratic Whip Warns Against Trying to Achieve Preordained Result

For Immediate Release:

January 7, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding President Bush’s appointment of former U.S. Senators Connie Mack (FL) and John Breaux (LA) to head a bipartisan tax reform panel:

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HOYER CALLS ON PRESIDENT BUSH TO PRESENT ALTERNATIVE ON FEDERAL EMPLOYEE PAY

For Immediate Release:

January 4, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Clay Johnson III offering to discuss with the Bush Administration any alternative federal employee pay proposals.  Representative Hoyer was the lead sponsor of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act, which currently governs federal employee pay. 

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Budget Critics Say Furor Over Tax Provision Highlights Big Flaws in Process

For Immediate Release:

November 25, 2004

Contact:Joseph J. Schatz and Jill Barshay

Congressional Quarterly

The hasty and haphazard completion of nine overdue fiscal 2005 spending bills raised new appeals from lawmakers that Congress figure out a better way to enact its annual budget.

Lawmakers combined the nine appropriations bills into a huge $388.4 billion omnibus in the recently completed lame-duck session — a process that left some lawmakers expressing outrage. The new fiscal year began Oct. 1, and appropriators resorted to creating an omnibus package in an effort to enact the overdue spending bills as quickly as possible.

The Nine Bills at a Glance

3.5% Raise for Federal Civilian Workers Makes Spending Bill

For Immediate Release:

November 21, 2004

Contact:Christopher Lee

The Washington Post

Congressional negotiators reached agreement yesterday on a spending package that provides a 3.5 percent raise for federal civilian employees, more than double that sought by President Bush.

The pay increase was part of a $388 billion omnibus spending package that was approved by the House and then the Senate later in the evening. The administration has warned that the pay increase may lead to severe agency belt-tightening and a reduction in the workforce.

Democrats Vow to Hold Bush Accountable

For Immediate Release:

November 10, 2004

Contact:Charles Babington and Dan Balz

The Washington Post

Congressional Democrats returned to Washington in a defiant mood yesterday, making no apologies for the campaign in which they lost congressional seats and the presidential race and vowing to hold President Bush accountable for his handling of the deficit, the Iraq war and other issues.

In his first public comments since conceding defeat to Bush, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) did not rule out a bid in 2008 and promised to keep pushing the issues he championed this year.

DEBACLE ON TAXPAYER PROVISION EPITOMIZES REPUBLICANS’ ABUSE OF PROCESS

Hoyer Says House Republicans Refuse to Let House Work Its Will on Omnibus and Other Bills

For Immediate Release:

December 6, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House considered legislation directing the Clerk of the House to delete a provision from the Omnibus Appropriations Bill that could have given staff members of the Appropriations Committee broad access to Americans’ tax returns:

“This entire episode is the tip of the iceberg of a much more serious problem that ought to concern the American people: the abuse of power that has now become routine under this Republican House Majority.

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HOYER APPLAUDS IMMINENT PASSAGE OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEE BENEFITS PACKAGE

For Immediate Release:

December 6, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement regarding the expected passage tonight of the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Benefits Enhancement Act of 2004, which enjoyed wide bipartisan support:

“I am pleased that the House will adopt tonight S. 2657, the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Benefits Enhancement Act of 2004, to provide federal employees access to affordable dental and vision insurance.

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