THE LEADER'S REPORT: WEEK OF JANUARY 21, 2008

Leader's Report
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MESSAGE FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER

On Thursday, House Democrats were joined by House Republicans and the White House in announcing a bipartisan economic stimulus package that will provide a needed shot in the arm to our weakening economy.  This is a good compromise that will put money in the hands of 117 million hard-working American families, including 35 million families who otherwise would not have received tax relief if Democrats had not fought for them.  This bipartisan package also helps small businesses by encouraging business investment, and it will help families avoid foreclosure.  While I am disappointed that Republicans would not allow us to include an extension of unemployment insurance benefits or increasing food stamps, we will continue to look at these issues as we monitor the state of the economy.  I expect to bring this package to the House Floor quickly, and I hope the Senate will join us in supporting it.



This week, the House held a vote on overriding the President's second veto on extending the Children's Health Insurance Program.  Even as the economy slows and health care costs continue to increase, Republicans once again stood in the way of 10 million low-income children receiving the health care they need.  Democrats will continue to focus on this issue and work to make health care more affordable for all Americans.

 
Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer

STENY H. HOYER



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MAJORITY NEWS UPDATE

Hoyer Praises Bipartisan Stimulus Package

After House Democrats and Republicans , Hoyer said he was pleased that the package adhered to Democratic principles that it be timely, targeted, and temporary in order to get money in the hands of working Americans who will spend it quickly and stimulate the economy.

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Hoyer: It's Not Too Late to Do the Right Thing, Extend Health Insurance to Low-Income Children

Hoyer spoke on the House Floor on Wednesday in support of overriding the President's veto of extending the Children's Health Insurance Program to cover an additional 4 million low-income children. 

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