Congress

Health Care Reform in Congress on CBS

We needed to provide access to affordable health care for all Americans and all families. That is the single best selling point because if we don't do that, the system is more expensive, less efficient, our nation is less healthy, and all Americans who have insurance are paying about $1,000 extra in their policies to accomplish that objective...

Steny Hoyer Opening Remarks at the White House Health Care Summit

We should have available an affordable health care to every American citizen to every family. I suppose there are a whole lot of every Americans and American families listening to us today and watching us. And they're hoping that we're all sitting around here talking about them, not about us...

Talks on Upcoming Bipartisan Health Care Summit on Fox

Like the President, we're all focused on a comprehensive health care reform bill, which we think the American people really will support when they know the component parts of it because the polling data shows that when you ask not are you for the health care reform bill, which has been perceived by some as creating confrontation and division as a result of the congressional consideration...

Impression of Obama's Health Care Speech on Morning Joe

In the polls I have seen this morning, they did respond all over the country very positively to this speech. The President did what he needed to do first of all he made it very clear there is a very big problem. We've got to deal with that the present system is not sustainable from a financial standpoint for individuals, for families, for businesses, small, medium and large and for the government...

Talks on Health Reform Bill Progress on Fox News

I worked closely with them. They're all for health care reform, as was John McCain and Barack Obama. This was during the course of the campaign last year. The issue they have is a specific in terms of ways of doing that, and they are discussing that. They will have the votes for some changes in the Bill. I am not sure. The Bills could be marked up over the next four days or five days and we will see, but certain and that the Blue Dogs want to vote for health. They need to make sure that everyone in America has access to affordable health care...

Hoyer Affirms Budget Proposed by President Obama on Squawkbox

President Obama said was he was going to submit an honest budget and says this is a much more reasonable and honest budget that includes the cost of the war which we're not including previously, the cost of adjusting the minimum tax. I think it realistically puts forward a plan to get us to halve the budget deficit by the end of President Obama's first term.

Floor Statement on Passing of the Bill for the State Children's Health Insurance Program

The logic behind the final passage of this Bill which brings into the state Children's Health Insurance Program as has been said already four million children who are eligible but not yet enrolled. Quite frankly, as a result of the veto of the legislation we passed in the last Congress, four million children went to bed last night with their parents worried if they got sick...

Statement on Economic Recovery Package

I want to start my remarks taking a little bit of time, I want to start my remarks talking about bipartisanship and how we got here and why we're here. Over a year ago it appeared to us that the economic program adopted in 2001, 2003 was not working. It also appeared to the administration that it was not working.

Statement on SCHIP Reauthorization

...If I can find the most efficient use of our health care dollars, I'd insure more children. I think 80% of americans agree with us on that...

Discussing the Senate Bill for Financial Rescue on CNN

The concerns are not so much about the continuing of the tax extenders, that is the benefits research and development tax, the taxes to help solar, wind, other energy sources. Clearly we're for that. What the Blue Dogs are concerned about is paying for these and not making the deficit worse. That's the controversy...