THE LEADER'S REPORT: WEEK OF MARCH 01, 2010

For Immediate Release:

March 5, 2010

Contact:Katie Grant
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MESSAGE FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER

Creating jobs is the top priority for Democrats, and passage of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act is one more step to ensure that we help to do just that. This legislation has help for families and businesses, including a payroll tax holiday to encourage businesses to hire, small business tax breaks that will boost small business growth, an extension of the Highway Trust Fund to allow for continued and increased investments in infrastructure, and an expansion of Build America Bonds to allow state and local governments to more easily finance infrastructure projects that create jobs for Americans. These efforts – in addition to actions taken by Democrats over the past year – will help ensure that our economic recovery is strong and lasting. I urge the Senate to take action so that we can send a bill to the President for his signature soon. The House will continue to focus on additional jobs legislation in the coming weeks.

 

In a speech this week, President Obama urged Democrats to move forward on health insurance reform. This marks a pivotal moment in a long debate in which the House and Senate have explored every idea put on the table and every argument made by Republicans and Democrats alike. It is now time to move forward on reform that will make insurance more affordable for American families and businesses and give patients – not insurance companies – greater control over their health care. I look forward to taking action on health insurance reform and sending a bill to President Obama’s desk.
 
Creating jobs and providing affordable health care to American families are Democratic priorities. However, as we move forward on job creation measures and health insurance reform, it is important that we do so in a way that ensures our country's future fiscal health. I spoke this week at the Brookings Institution about how, as we address these issues, we must also look to bring down the deficit and strengthen fiscal responsibility.
 
 
Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer

STENY H. HOYER



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MAJORITY NEWS UPDATE

Hoyer Statement on the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act
This week, the House passed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act, building on efforts already taken by Democrats to encourage businesses to hire and help Americans get back to work.
 
Hoyer Statement on President Obama's Call to Move Forward on Health Reform
Leader Hoyer joined President Obama's calls to move forward on health reform that makes insurance more affordable for American families and businesses, building on legislation already passed by the House and Senate.
 
Hoyer Speaks on Fiscal Responsibility at Brookings Institution

Leader Hoyer delivered a speech on restoring fiscal responsibility to Washington, including the origins of our unprecedented deficits and the steps taken by President Obama and the Democratic Congress to put our country back on a fiscally sustainable path.
 
Hoyer Statement on the 2010 Census
Leader Hoyer joined House Members for an event kicking-off the 2010 Census as part of an effort to help raise awareness and encourage citizen participation.