Hoyer Press Staff Blog

Blog posts from the press staff of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

February 2, 2012

Even as Republicans begin discussions on yet another budget that will end the Medicare guarantee and put insurance companies back in charge of your health care, the Affordable Care Act continues to provide benefits for millions of America’s seniors and their costs continue to decrease.

February 1, 2012

Republicans just released their first quarter legislative agenda, and a particular line caught our eye: “Have we made a difference since January of 2011? Certainly.”

February 1, 2012

With millions of Americans still out of work and American families facing a tax increase if the payroll tax cut is not extended this month, it appears Republican conferees are focused on two controversial details: GED's and drug testing.

January 31, 2012

Taking our country to the brink of default, walking away from meaningful action on the deficit, and putting middle class tax cuts at risk hasn’t played out well for House Republicans according to a recent GOP poll.  While Republicans would like to blame their plunging poll numbers on their jobs message, the fact is they haven’t put forward a comprehensive jobs plan, even though they’ve had a year to focus on putting more Americans back to work.

January 30, 2012

House Republicans are in the midst of a long, cold winter, as story after story highlights their divided and dispirited caucus, which still lacks a comprehensive jobs plan or much else of an agenda.

January 25, 2012

Looks like House Republicans are finally realizing that their Do-Nothing Congress isn't winning them any points with the American people, with Members complaining their agenda for the year “is simply not enough.”

January 24, 2012

Wanted to be sure you saw this United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection poll out today showing Americans are “losing faith” in the GOP Do-Nothing Congress. After a year in the majority, Republicans still have not put forward a comprehensive jobs plan or taken meaningful action to address the deficit. It’s clear Republicans have fallen short on their promises and the American people have taken note.

January 20, 2012

The first week of the second session of the 112th Congress was anything but kind to House Republicans. Looks like their lack of a comprehensive jobs plan and string of political games on the Floor are finally catching up to them.

January 18, 2012

Just in case you forgot what it was like to actually legislate amidst all of the political show votes from House Republicans, we here in the Democratic Whip Press Shop wanted to remind you that five years ago today, the Democratic-led Congress completed passage of our “100 Hours” agenda. It’s a pretty interesting comparison between what Democrats accomplished when we took the majority in 2007 with a Republican president in the White House, and how  the GOP Congress fared in 2011.

January 18, 2012

Wanted to be sure you saw this Politico article today on the GOP Do-Nothing Congress “trying to get its act together” for 2012: 

Key Point: “House Republicans hunkered down in a Capitol basement Wednesday for a members-only meeting aimed at reconciling what some described as a family feud within a GOP majority that’s trying to get its act together for the 2012 session… House Republicans are incredibly concerned about the emerging narrative that their party is in tatters.”

January 17, 2012

These can’t be the articles House Republicans wanted to come back to Washington to...

December 22, 2011

The headlines say it all:

Washington Post: McConnell to Boehner: time to come in from the cold
Politico: Mitch McConnell: House should pass short-term extension
The Hill: McConnell breaks with Boehner, urges House to pass payroll bill
Fox News: McConnell: Extend tax cut short-term and long-term
TPMDC: McConnell To House GOP On Payroll Tax: It’s Over
December 21, 2011

This morning, Republicans walked away (again) from the Senate compromise bill to continue tax cuts for middle class families, extend assistance for unemployed Americans, and ensure seniors access to doctors. And it’s certainly not playing out well for them.

December 21, 2011

Headlines this morning aren’t flattering for the GOP after they refused to vote on a Senate compromise bill to extend tax cuts for middle class families. A few highlights (or, for our GOP friends, low-lights).

December 21, 2011

This can’t be the WSJ editorial Republicans hoped to wake up to this morning.

December 20, 2011

Today during a colloquy on the Floor, Whip Hoyer couldn’t get a straight answer from Leader Cantor when he was asked about the House schedule. That’s because Leader Cantor doesn’t want to admit that House Republicans are leaving town and letting taxes go up on middle class families, allowing unemployment insurance to expire, and putting seniors’ access to doctors at risk.

December 20, 2011

Last fall, House Republicans unveiled their Pledge to America, promising to provide transparency by restoring “regular order” and addressing major legislative items one issue at a time.

A year later, it’s clear that the GOP has fallen short on their promises:
 

December 20, 2011

This morning, Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee tried to blame Democrats for any potential lapse in the payroll tax extension—despite House Republicans’ refusal to bring to the floor a measure to ensure there will not be a middle class tax increase that passed the Senate with 89 votes.

December 20, 2011

Today House Republicans are proving our point that they don’t like middle class tax cuts by refusing to bring the bipartisan Senate compromise bill to the Floor for a vote. As a result, Republicans will be responsible when middle class families see their tax increases on January 1. Throughout this year, Republicans have stood on the side of the wealthiest Americans at the expense of middle class families.

December 19, 2011

Today, Senators Lugar and Brown called on the House GOP leadership to do what’s best for the country and pass the bipartisan Senate bill to extend middle class tax cuts, which 39 Senate Republicans supported.

December 19, 2011

Wanted to be sure you saw this NY Times article on the consequences of Republicans walking away from a bipartisan bill to extend middle class tax cuts.

December 19, 2011

On Saturday, Speaker Boehner supported the Senate’s bipartisan bill to extend middle class tax cuts, calling it a “good deal”:

December 16, 2011

With less than two weeks until a slew of critical provisions expire—including the payroll tax holiday, unemployment benefits and the Medicare physician payment rate compromise---Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on the floor a few minutes ago; “it is difficult to predict…if or when we may need to return.”

But it is not difficult to predict what would happen if Republican leaders refused to call their members back to finish their work. There would be a middle class tax increase, millions of American would start to lose unemployment benefits just days after Christmas and seniors could lose access to their doctors.

Congress cannot leave for the year without concluding its work on these critical issues.

December 15, 2011

In case you missed it yesterday in all the back and forth over year-end business, we here in the Democratic Whip Press Shop wanted to highlight a critical number: 2.5 million.

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