THE LEADER'S REPORT: WEEK OF JULY 13, 2009

For Immediate Release:

July 17, 2009

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER

This week, three House committees – Energy & Commerce, Education & Labor, and Ways & Means – jointly introduced America’s Affordable Health Choices Act, legislation designed to reduce the burden of rising health care costs on American families and businesses, and enable all Americans to get the health care they need at affordable prices. Our economy, our budget, and the health and security of millions of middle-class families are riding on the outcome of this important legislation. We will continue to work on this critical measure and it is my hope to bring it to the House Floor for a vote soon.
 
 Health Care Reform Press Conference
Leader Hoyer joins Speaker Pelosi, Whip Clyburn,

Chairman Miller, Chairman Rangel, and Members 

for a news conference on America's Affordable

Health Choices Act
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This week, the House also passed two additional appropriations bills that help lay the foundation for a strong economy and address our Nation's energy and water needs. The Financial Services Appropriations bill strengthens the oversight of our markets to protect consumers and investors and restore the stability of America’s financial institutions. The Energy and Water Appropriations bill invests in long-term solutions to our energy and water needs and creates new American jobs with investments in new technologies, scientific research, and conservation efforts.
 
Next week, the House will consider legislation reestablishing statutory “pay-as-you-go” (PAYGO) requirements that helped turn deficits into surpluses during the Clinton Administration. The American people are rightly concerned by the deep deficits confronting our nation, so it is vital for the House to reinstate this simple principle of paying for what we buy as we work to bring down the deficit and put our fiscal house back in order. By reducing the deficit, we ensure that we are able to invest in current and new programs that keep our nation’s economy strong and benefit the American people, such as health care access, affordable higher education, and developing clean energy technology.
 
We will also continue work on the Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations bills. The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill makes critical investments in our transportation infrastructure to help ensure the safety of all Americans and provides housing assistance to those who need it the most. The Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill provides investments that are critical to our nation’s long-term prosperity, including job training, health care, and educational opportunities.
 
 
Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer

STENY H. HOYER



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MAJORITY NEWS UPDATE

Hoyer Statement on Introduction of America’s Affordable Health Choices Act
This week, the House Tri-Committees introduced America’s Affordable Health Choices Act. The three committees who oversee health care reform will continue work on this bill so that it can come to the House Floor for a vote soon.
 
House to Consider Statutory “Pay-As-You-Go” Legislation
Next week, the House will consider legislation reestablishing statutory “pay-as-you-go” (PAYGO) requirements.