Hoyer Press Staff Blog

Blog posts from the press staff of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

February 4, 2013

We’re guessing Republicans didn’t enjoy reading today’s editorial in the New York Times, which offered them some harsh reality about the harmful effects to the economy if they left the sequester hit. It’s a pretty rough look in the mirror for Republicans:

February 1, 2013

We mentioned earlier this week that Republicans have started to accept sequestration, despite the devastating effect this would have on our economy. Apparently, it’s even worse than we thought. [Cue the horror music.] Even after Republicans saw GDP dip last quarter due to the uncertainty they’ve caused over sequestration, this news warranted little more than a shrug from our GOP friends. This CQ headline sums it up: “GOP Lawmakers Say Deficit Reduction Outweighs Short-Term Economic Blip.”

January 30, 2013

The deadline to avert the sequester is looming, so Republicans are working hard to come up with a plan to avert them. Wait, sorry. No they’re not.  Per The Washington Post

January 18, 2013

After yet another period of “soul searching” by Republicans, this time at their Republican retreat, it’s pretty remarkable that all they can come up to address their problems is that they need a new message. The Washington Post reports:

January 17, 2013

Republicans continue to float the idea of holding the debt limit hostage so that they can get their way on fiscal negotiations. Defaulting, as the President has warned, would hurt our economy, delay Social Security, Medicare and military payments, and could lead to a credit downgrade (again).

January 16, 2013

It seems like it was only last Congress that we were seeing headlines like these:

January 16, 2013

Today’s must-read is a Politico article highlighting Republican division and the difficulty they are having in setting their agenda:

December 20, 2012

According to POLITICO, Majority Leader Eric Cantor said “We intend to avoid the fiscal cliff.”

December 20, 2012

A Christmas classic about to go terribly wrong: it’s time for House Republicans to hear the music and get back to negotiating a bipartisan, balanced solution.

December 20, 2012

CNN/ORC poll out today shows that the majority of Americans find the GOP too extreme and believe they should compromise more.

December 20, 2012

A look at the morning news shows Speaker Boehner is having a tough time finding the votes he needs for his “Plan B”… or rather Plan C or D, or whatever we’re up to at this point.

December 10, 2012

Over the weekend, more Republicans joined with lawmakers like Senator Tom Coburn and Congressman Steve LaTourette in saying that higher tax rates for the top 2 percent of incomes will be part of any balanced agreement to avert the fiscal cliff. Senator Bob Corker said on Fox News Sunday:

December 6, 2012

More and more Republicans are joining the chorus calling for a balanced, bipartisan solution to the fiscal cliff that protects middle-class families while asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share through higher tax rates.  As Dana Milibank says in his Washington Post column:

December 5, 2012

In case you haven’t seen it already, we wanted to pass along Sen. Tom Coburn’s common-sense remarks on the need to include revenues in an agreement to prevent the fiscal cliff. And by “revenues,” he means “rates.”

November 28, 2012

new poll out today by The Washington Post and ABC News explains why a growing number of Republicans in Congress are racing to distance themselves from Grover Norquist’s tax pledge.  According to the poll’s findings, 60% of Americans – including 63% of independents – favor raising income tax rates on earnings over $250,000 to help get America’s fiscal house in order and avert the looming fiscal cliff.  As noted in the Washington Post :

October 9, 2012

While we know that Democrats’ future attempts to bring forward legislation on the House Floor will not come as a surprise to Republican leadership (spoiler!), we hope that they will surprise us, and actually agree to come back to work so we can find bipartisan solutions to pending legislation. 

October 1, 2012

While Governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan tout Ryan’s record on deficit reduction, an unflattering Washington Post article tells a different story, with members of their own party criticizing Ryan’s lack of involvement on any meaningful efforts to reduce the deficit and his unwillingness to work across the aisle.

September 28, 2012

House Republicans may be able to put their jobs in the Capitol out of sight and out of mind, but Democrats will continue to remind them of the long list of unfinished legislation they abandoned when they left for recess.  Today, Congressmen Chris Van Hollen and Henry Waxman were on the House Floor to remind House Republicans of the critical legislation they left undone.  As The Hill reports, attempts to get Congress back to work were ignored by Republicans once again:

September 19, 2012

As House Republicans use up their last hours in session this month on more partisan messaging bills with no hope of enactment, we wanted to make sure you saw today’s New York Times piece highlighting the dismal record they’ve set as the least productive Congress of the modern age.  Most egregiously, the Senate has passed a number of bipartisan bills that haven’t seen the light of day in the House – bills Congress used to pass easily and that affect millions of Americans.  From the article:

September 13, 2012

We’ve been saying it all along, but this article in Roll Call presents some pretty stark numbers of exactly how fruitless the Republican-led House has been:

August 15, 2012

Today’s misguided decision to uphold the restrictive  voter ID law in Pennsylvania is a reminder of the challenges we face to ensure that all citizens have access to the ballot box on Election Day.  Democrats will continue to work to ensure all citizens have the ability to participate in elections by informing people on their right to vote.

August 15, 2012

As the Republican budget once again takes center stage, we here in the Democratic Whip Press Shop wanted to make sure you saw the latest round of criticism for their misguided plan that would raise costs for seniors while protecting tax breaks for the wealthy.

August 14, 2012

Recently, we have seen several states across the country implement restrictive and unfair voting restrictions, citing the need to prevent against alleged fraud. But as this analysis in the Washington Post confirms, there are fewer examples of this illegal activity than voter ID supporters claim:

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