THE LEADER'S REPORT: WEEK OF APRIL 16, 2007

For Immediate Release:

April 20, 2007

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER

This week, Congress at long last passed legislation to give residents of the District of Columbia a voting representative in the House of Representatives, righting a 200-year wrong.  More than 500,000 U.S. citizens who have been disenfranchised - despite the fact that they serve in our armed forces and pay federal taxes like every other American - are now one step closer to having the equal voting rights they deserve.

The House also passed two business-oriented pieces of legislation this week.  One will help small businesses on the Gulf Coast, the other will improve corporate accountability to shareholders. 
 
Next week, the House will consider two bills that are part of our Innovation Agenda, which will work to ensure that America is prepared to compete in the 21st century global economy.  Work will also continue on the Iraq supplemental spending bill that will fully fund our troops and hold Iraqis accountable to benchmarks for success.
 
On a final note, let me again reiterate my deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims of this week's tragic shootings at Virginia Tech.  On this day of mourning, our thoughts and prayers remain with all those who are struggling to cope with this tragedy.
 
Sincerely yours,
Steny H. Hoyer
STENY H. HOYER
 
MAJORITY NEWS UPDATE

Hoyer: President Continues to Pursue Failed Strategy in Iraq, While Democrats Push for a New Direction
Majority Leader Hoyer responded to President Bush's remarks on Iraq on Monday, saying that it is time for the President to listen to the will of the American people and change direction in Iraq.
 
Hoyer: Democrats Committed to Tax Reform, Permanent Fix of the "Stealth Tax Increase"
To mark tax day, Majority Leader Hoyer reaffirmed House Democrats' commitment to tax simplification and reform, including permanently fixing the Alternative Minimum Tax before it affects millions of middle-class families.
 
Majority Leader Hoyer's Statement on Supreme Court's Ruling in Abortion Procedure Case
On Wednesday, Majority Leader Hoyer expressed his disappointment over the Supreme Court's ruling restricting a woman's right to choose and to protect her health.

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Hoyer Urges Congress to Give District of Columbia Residents Full Representation in Congress
Majority Leader Hoyer spoke on the House Floor on Thursday in support of legislation to give DC residents a voting representative in the House after over 200 years of disenfranchisement.

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