THE LEADER'S REPORT: WEEK OF OCTOBER 12, 2009

For Immediate Release:

October 16, 2009

Contact:Katie Grant
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MESSAGE FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER

This past week, the last of the five House and Senate Committees with jurisdiction over health reform, the Senate Finance Committee, passed a health insurance reform bill with a bipartisan vote of 14 to 9.  This significant milestone takes us one step closer to enacting reform legislation that lowers costs for middle-class families, expands coverage, and provides quality health care choices for all Americans. With all five committees of jurisdiction reporting out a bill, both the House and Senate will move in the weeks ahead to bring final legislation forward for a vote.

 

By a strong bipartisan majority, the House passed the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act earlier this week to strengthen pressure on Iran to end its dangerous pursuit of nuclear weapons. This bill authorizes state and local governments to divest from any company that invests at least $20 million in Iran’s energy sector. By passing this bill, we send a strong message that the United States will use every tool we have to prevent Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons.  The House also passed the Homeland Security appropriations conference report, which provides funds to protect Americans from terrorist threats and secure our borders.

 

Next week, the House will consider legislation that invests in solar energy research, helping to improve our solar technologies and decrease their cost, by creating a long-term plan to guide solar energy research. In addition, we will consider the Coast Guard Authorization Act, which strengthens the Coast Guard in its role of keeping our nation safe.

 
Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer

STENY H. HOYER



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MAJORITY NEWS UPDATE

Hoyer Statement on Senate Finance Committee Passage of Health Reform Bill
This week, the Senate Finance Committee, the last of the five House and Senate Committees with jurisdiction over health reform, reported a health insurance reform bill with a bipartisan vote of 14 to 9.
 
Hoyer Statement on the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act

This week, the House passed legislation that will strengthen pressure on Iran to end its dangerous pursuit of nuclear weapons