THE LEADER'S REPORT: WEEK OF MARCH 16, 2009

For Immediate Release:

March 20, 2009

Contact:Katie Grant
Stephanie Lundberg
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MESSAGE FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER

This week, the House passed legislation to recoup taxpayer dollars after AIG used financial stabilization funds for bonuses. We are all outraged that AIG could act so irresponsibly.  The House took quick action to get taxpayer money back and ensure that funds are not being wasted for the sole benefit of the very people who played a key role in creating this economic crisis. I hope the Senate will take action soon, and Congress will continue to look at ways to ensure companies receiving taxpayer assistance will not use that money for bonuses.

 
 GIVE Act Press Conference

On Wednesday, Leader Hoyer joined Speaker Pelosi, Chairman

Miller, Members of Congress and volunteers on the West Steps

of the Capitol for a news conference on the GIVE Act.

At the same time that we’re making sure our large businesses are acting responsibly, we’re also guaranteeing that our small businesses are getting the help they need. On Monday, the Obama Administration took a positive step to free up credit for small businesses. In order to meet today’s challenges, small business owners need access to loans to ensure that they can grow, be successful, and play a key part in restoring the strength of our nation's economy. I applaud the Administration for its continued efforts to help provide relief to small businesses, which builds on significant steps already taken by the Congress in the Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

 

During this time of crisis, more Americans are looking for ways to help their country. This week, the House passed the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, which will create outlets for service so people of all ages can contribute to our nation’s recovery. A top priority of President Obama, this legislation will increase the size of the AmeriCorps program and create new service opportunities to volunteer in fields such as clean energy and education. I hope we can quickly send this bill to the President for his signature.

 

Next week, the House will consider the Omnibus Public Land Management Act, which will designate more than 2 million acres across the country as wilderness and expand protections for existing national parks, rivers and water resources. We will also consider the Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement Act, which will establish a permanent fund for fighting wildfires.

 
Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer

STENY H. HOYER



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MAJORITY NEWS UPDATE

Hoyer: House Moves to Reclaim AIG Bonuses

On Thursday, the House passed legislation to take back bonuses given to individuals at companies receiving government assistance.

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Hoyer Statement on Credit for Small Businesses, Outrageous AIG Bonuses
This week, President Obama and Secretary Tim Geithner announced plans to restore the flow of credit to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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Hoyer Statement on the GIVE Act
On Wednesday, Leader Hoyer spoke on the House Floor in support of the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act, which will increase the size of AmeriCorps and create new service opportunities to volunteer in fields such as clean energy and education. 

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