Republican Outrages

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...

Majority Leader Hoyer Blasts the Republican Motion to Recommit on Health Care

My colleagues on the other side of the aisle demanded 72 hours notice for the bill and they've gotten four or five months notice. They gave us 72 seconds to consider this amendment...

Hoyer Talks about House Vote on Health Care on MSNBC

We think we'll have 218 by the time we vote on this bill later on this afternoon or early this evening. We think that all the members of the Democratic Caucus without exception believe that we need to pass major health care reform so that we can make health care affordable and accessible for all Americans...

Floor Speech in Response to Resolution Disapproving of Rep. Wilson's Outburst

Ladies and gentlemen of the House, none of us, none of us is happy to be here considering this resolution. I know I am not. At the same time, my colleagues, what is at issue here is of importance to this House and to our country. And that issue is whether we are able to proceed with a degree of civility and decorum that our rules and our democracy contemplate and require.

Remarks on Obama's Speech and Public Option on CNN

We want to see a public option coming out of the Conference Committee. What I have said is there's a lot in this bill that is very good, in addition to the public option, and we ought not to just focus on that. However, our objective is to have, as the President indicated in his State of the Union, an option that will bring down costs, will give people an option that they might not otherwise have to make sure that they have affordable quality health care accessible to them...

Discussing Investigating Torture on MSNBC

...what is more important is to get at the bottom of what exactly was done, why it was done, and whether or not in fact we knowingly broke the law and broke international treaties...

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...