The Leader's Report: Week of February 12, 2007

For Immediate Release:

February 16, 2007

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER

Last November, the voters sent a resounding message that they desire a new direction for America.  This week, the Congress demonstrated that we have the collective will to send a message of our own.  On Friday, the House passed a bipartisan resolution expressing our disapproval of the President's plan to send an additional 21,000 combat troops to Iraq - sending a strong message to the Administration that this Congress is not going to sit idly by while failing policies in Iraq put our national security at risk.
 
The People's House also reached consensus on a small business tax relief package that will hopefully pave the way for the first increase in the minimum wage in more than ten years.  As one of our first orders of business, the House passed a minimum wage increase, because if you work hard and play by the rules, you ought to be able to get ahead in this land of opportunity.  Thanks to the compromise forged by the House Ways and Means Committee this week, we are now one step closer to making the goal of an increase in the minimum wage a reality.  I believe that the passage of the small business tax relief package demonstrates what this Congress is capable of when we put aside partisan politics and come together to make progress for the American people.
 
With kind personal regards, I am
Sincerely yours,
Steny H. Hoyer
STENY H. HOYER
 
MAJORITY NEWS UPDATE

Majority Leader Hoyer's Statement in Support of the Iraq Resolution
On Tuesday, Majority Leader Hoyer spoke on the House Floor in favor of the Iraq Resolution.
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Bipartisan Majority in US House Votes Against the President's Plan to Escalate the War in Iraq
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Whip James Clyburn, and Democratic Caucus Chair Rahm Emanuel released a memo discussing the need for a new direction in Iraq.
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Republican Quotes from Iraq Resolution Debate
Earlier this week, Representatives Shadegg and Hoekstra sent a Dear Colleague letter, telling Republicans, "If we let Democrats force us into a debate on the surge or the current situation in Iraq, we lose."  Republicans responded by discussing anything except the Iraq resolution; the Majority Leader's Office compiled several examples of what they chose to discuss instead.
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Majority Leader Hoyer Statement on Passage of Small Business Tax Relief
After the House passed a small business tax relief package on Friday, Majority Leader Hoyer said he hopes this step will clear the way for an increase in the minimum wage.
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