THE LEADER'S REPORT: WEEK OF FEBRUARY 23, 2009

Leader's Report
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MESSAGE FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER

This week, I joined President Obama, Members of Congress, and fiscal experts and advocates at the White House for a Summit on Fiscal Responsibility. This was a positive step as we begin to address our nation’s long-term fiscal challenges. By allowing us an early opportunity to come together for an honest discussion of fiscal realities, President Obama clearly showed his commitment to responsibility and the "change" he promised.
 
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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer enters the House

Chamber with President Obama on Tuesday night for

the President's Address to Joint Session of Congress.
On Tuesday, the President addressed a Joint Session of Congress to describe the

challenges facing our nation and his vision for how we will meet this moment in history and turn adversity into opportunity.
 
The President followed his address by delivering a budget outline to Congress on Thursday that lays the groundwork for addressing the challenges we face while getting our country out of its fiscal mess. This is an honest budget that no longer hides major costs, such as the war in Iraq.  It aims to reverse the record deficits and debt that were largely brought on by years of reckless borrowing, makes the tough decisions necessary to help restore fiscal responsibility, and calls for bold investments in critical areas to ensure that our economy is strong for years to come. I look forward to working with President Obama and my colleagues in Congress in the days and months ahead to enact an honest and responsible budget.

 

I’m also pleased that the Senate passed the D.C. House Voting Rights Act yesterday. I think it is morally wrong that the District of Columbia's 600,000 citizens are precluded from having their representative vote in Congress. I'm confident that we have the votes in the House to pass Congresswoman Norton’s legislation, and I look forward to holding a vote next week.

 

In addition to the vote on the D.C. House Voting Rights Act, I also expect the House to finish consideration and vote on the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, which will help responsible American families struggling to keep their homes in this economic downturn.
 
Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer

STENY H. HOYER



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MAJORITY NEWS UPDATE

Majority Leader Hoyer Statement on President Obama’s Budget
This week, Majority Leader Hoyer responded to President Obama's budget, an honest assessment of the state of the economy and the steps needed to return the country to fiscal sustainability.

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Watch Hoyer on CNBC's "Squawkbox" 

Majority Leader Hoyer Responds to President Obama's Address

On Tuesday, Majority Leader Hoyer attended President Obama's address to a Joint Session of Congress.

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Listen to reaction on WTOP radio

Majority Leader Hoyer Statement on White House Fiscal Summit

On Monday, Majority Leader Hoyer joined President Obama, Members of Congress, and fiscal experts and advocates to discuss steps to restore our economy to fiscal responsibility.

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Hoyer Announces House to Vote on DC House Voting Rights Act Next Week

On Wednesday, following a markup of the House Judiciary Committee, Majority Leader Hoyer announced that the House will vote next week on the DC Voting Rights Act, which passed the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 61-37.

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Hoyer Statement on the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

This week, the House passed an Omnibus Appropriations bill, which will make critical investments in energy research, health care, education, law enforcement and biomedical research, and complete the FY09 Appropriations process.

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