MESSAGE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP
On Monday, our nation marked the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, signed by President John F. Kennedy. While we've made progress in opening the doors of opportunity for women, we must take additional action to ensure equal pay for equal work, including swift consideration and passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, of which I am a proud cosponsor. The Paycheck Fairness Act ensures that women are not discriminated against in their wages based on their sex and I hope Democrats and Republicans will come together to continue the fight for pay equity.
Today, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act and while I support many provisions of this legislation that provide essential funding for our military and national security operations, I was disappointed that Republicans broke the agreement of the Budget Control Act by setting spending above sequester levels. As a result, spending cuts will have to be shifted from defense programs onto other critical programs.
I was equally disappointed that Republicans prevented the adoption of an amendment that would have provided President Obama with the flexibility necessary to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – a facility which is a drain on our resources and damages our moral standing in the world. In addition, House Republicans blocked debate on two important amendments that would have expanded on the reforms already in the defense bill addressing sexual assault in the military.
In the weeks ahead, I hope to work with my Republican colleagues to address the many critical issues facing our country, including preventing student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1, passing comprehensive immigration reform, going to conference on a budget that replaces the sequester and responsibly addressing our nation’s fiscal challenges.
STENY H. HOYER
P.S. Please invite your friends and family to sign up for this newsletter to learn about what House Democrats are doing to lead America in a new direction. You can also get the latest updates and join the conversation on my Facebook and twitter accounts.
DEMOCRATIC NEWS UPDATE
- Hoyer Statement on National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014
- Hoyer Floor Remarks in Support of Closing Guantanamo and Other Amendments to Defense Bill