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Hoyer to Dean: Leave policy to us

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) offered some free advice to incoming Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean: Leave policy to the elected officials.

“I don’t believe it is the party chair’s role to set the policy of the party. That is the role of the elected officials,” Hoyer told reporters yesterday.

“I think his job as party chairman is to ensure the party is organized well and ready to, in every district, contest the Republicans, every congressional district in America, every county and state and city in America, and that we raise sufficient finances to compete effectively.”

Acknowledging that he had some policy disagreements with the former presidential candidate, Hoyer nevertheless congratulated Dean on his impending election.

“He called me, which I appreciate,” Hoyer said. “I congratulated him on winning. As you know, I was for Frost. He knew that as well. I will certainly be prepared to work with him.”

Hans Nichols


Senators to unveil reimportation bill

Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) will be reintroducing legislation on prescription-drug reimportation this afternoon.

Like the original bill unveiled in the last Congress, the measure would allow for the importation of lower-priced prescription medication from Canada and other countries.

A similar bill was first floated by Dorgan and Snowe last March but was never voted on, despite suggestions from Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn) that it would be last year.

Frist and Sen. Mike EnziMike EnziTop Dem: Trump's State Dept. cuts a 'Ponzi scheme' Republicans eye strategy for repealing Wall Street reform Lawmakers fundraise amid rising town hall pressure MORE (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, have committed to holding a hearing on the legislation before the end of April.

Sens. John McCainJohn McCainSenate braces for fallout over Supreme Court fight Republicans seek to lower odds of a shutdown Nunes endures another rough day MORE (R-Ariz.) and Debbie StabenowDebbie StabenowSenate braces for fallout over Supreme Court fight The Hill’s Whip List: 30 Dems are against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Perdue says he will advocate for agriculture spending MORE (D-Mich.) and Reps. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownPath to 60 narrows for Trump pick Overnight Finance: Trump stock slump | GOP looks to tax bill for lifeline | Trump repeals 'blacklisting rule' | Dem wants ethics probe into Treasury secretary Dems question potential Kushner real estate deal with Chinese firm MORE (D-Ohio) are expected to attend a press conference on the bill today.

Last month, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a rival reimportation bill. That measure is backed by Sens. David VitterDavid VitterFormer GOP rep joins K Street lobbying firm Capitol Counsel Lobbying World Mercury brings on former Sen. Vitter, two others MORE (R-La.), John ThuneJohn ThuneMcConnell: ObamaCare 'status quo' will stay in place moving forward This week: GOP picks up the pieces after healthcare defeat Lawmakers want infrastructure funded by offshore tax reform MORE (R-S.D.) and Ken Salazar (D-Colo.).

Kari Lundgren