THE LEADER'S REPORT: WEEK OF JULY 30, 2007

MESSAGE FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER

After seven months in office, House Democrats are addressing the priorities of the American people.  We have passed significant legislation with bipartisan support, and we are making real progress on important issues in order to defend our country, restore the American dream, and achieve energy independence.  The 9/11 Commission Recommendations have been enacted into law, the minimum wage increase has taken effect, and Democrats are changing the Iraq debate in a critical way.
 
This past week, the Democratic-led House passed several pieces of legislation that continue to demonstrate how we are leading America in a new direction.  The Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act will ensure that 11 million American children have access to quality, affordable health insurance, 5 million of whom are currently uninsured.  The CHAMP Act will also protect Medicare for our seniors by improving programs to keep it affordable and ensuring that seniors may continue to see the doctor of their choice. 
 
The Energy Independence Act will reduce our reliance on foreign oil and thus strengthen our national, economic, and environmental security.  The Democratic majority has taken a critical step on the path to energy independence by promoting innovation and investment in home-grown bio-fuels, new energy technologies, and research on renewable energy. 
 
Additionally, the House passed a lobbying reform bill with broad bipartisan support.  The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act keeps our promise to clean up the 'culture of corruption' and change the was business is done in Washington.  This bill shines a light on the legislative process and will help restore Americans' faith in their government. 
 
There is still more work to be done, however, and in the coming months we will continue to address the issues important to the American people.
 
Sincerely yours,
Steny H. Hoyer
STENY H. HOYER

 

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MAJORITY NEWS UPDATE

Hoyer Statement on the CHAMP Act
The House passed legislation that reauthorizes the State Children's Health Insurance program and ensures that 11 million children will have access to quality, affordable health insurance.  Majority Leader Hoyer said that it is immoral for millions of children in the wealthiest nation on earth to not have health insurance.
 
Majority Leader Hoyer's Statement on Passage of House Democrats' Energy Reform Bill
Majority Leader Hoyer said that the Energy Independence Act takes our nation's energy policy in a new direction, reducing our reliance on foreign oil by investing in home-grown bio-fuels, providing incentives for plug-in hybrid vehicles, promoting mass transit, reducing carbon dioxide, and bolstering research on renewable energy and global warming.
 
Hoyer Statement on Lobbying Reform Bill
Delivering on Democrats' promise to change the way business is done in Washington, the House passed the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act with broad bipartisan support.  Majority Leader Hoyer said that this bill will continue to restore public confidence in the legislative process.
 
Majority Leader Hoyer Statement on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
On Tuesday the House passed a bill to remedy the Supreme Court's wrongly decided verdict in Lilly Ledbetter's wage discrimination case.  The Fair Pay Act restores the intent of Congress in passing the Civil Rights Act.
 
Majority Leader Hoyer's Statement on Passage of 21st Century Competitiveness Act Conference Report
Majority Leader Hoyer applauded Thursday's passage of the Conference Report on the 21st Century Competitiveness Act, saying that it will encourage innovation, discovery, and provide today's students with the tools they need to succeed in tomorrow's economic marketplace.

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