Leader's Report for December 17, 2010

For Immediate Release:

December 17, 2010

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

MESSAGE FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER
This week, the House passed legislation that allows for the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, on which I was the lead co-sponsor. This bill will empower the Defense Department to implement a repeal of this discriminatory policy itself, rather than having repeal imposed on it by the courts.  I join the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other top military leaders in urging the Senate to pass this legislation.  
 
In addition, the House passed the Defense Authorization bill, which authorizes critical security programs that keep our nation safe. It strengthens our military and intelligence community, and it promotes efforts to disrupt and destroy terrorist networks. We also passed legislation that expands and makes improvements to the post-9/11 GI Bill that Democrats passed last Congress, continuing investment in the education and careers of brave men and women who have served in the Armed Forces since September 11, 2001.
 
The House also voted for a tax package this week that extends current tax rates for two years. I have serious concerns over provisions that extend tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans because they do not help the economy and they increase our debt substantially. But I firmly believe that we cannot let taxes increase on middle class families on January 1, and this package also extends unemployment benefits for Americans who lost their jobs through no fault of their own.  The President signed this tax package into law today.

Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer

STENY H. HOYER

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