Hoyer Statement at Leadership Press Conference on the Budget

For Immediate Release:

April 2, 2009

Contact:Katie Grant
Stephanie Lundberg
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WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Speaker Pelosi and Members of House Leadership for a press conference on the House Democratic budget. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

 
“We Democrats have been completely focused on the economic crisis. That work has encompassed legislation to help families provide health care for their children, to help women fight for fair pay in the workplace, and—most importantly—to create jobs.
 
“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is projected to create or save between 3 and 4 million jobs. It does that through a combination of tax cuts for 95% of Americans, targeted projects, and long-term investments.
 
“Today, by passing the Democratic budget, we will continue that work. Our budget builds on the foundation of the recovery plan. It begins to bring down the cost of health care, which helps businesses struggling to make ends meet deal with rising health care costs and create jobs. It invests in energy independence, including incentives for the development of new technologies and the creation of new clean energy jobs. And it improves educational opportunities from early childhood to college, which means that American workers will be able to compete and win in the 21st-century economy.
 
“It is unfortunate that Republicans, in their budget, repeal the recovery act and reduce jobs. Democrats know that those policies are the wrong way to go. Our budget lays the groundwork for a sustained, shared, and job-creating recovery.”
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