Hoyer Press Staff Blog

Blog posts from the press staff of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

July 23, 2013

Unfortunately, Republicans appear to be unable – or unwilling – to learn from the past.  Despite the risk that comes with playing games with our country’s economy, several Republicans are indicating they want to threaten a government shutdown in order to repeal the Affordable Care Act:  

July 23, 2013

A scathing analysis in POLITICO this morning details many of the flaws in House Republicans’ harmful budget strategy, from the lack of progress on appropriations to the extreme cuts to domestic programs.  

July 22, 2013

While House Republicans aren’t taking any action to stop the sequester’s reckless, across-the-board cuts, its impact continues to spread. With just two legislative weeks left until the August district work period – and only two full legislative weeks in September – time is short for action.  

July 12, 2013

This week, furloughs caused by the sequester went into effect for the civilian employees at the Department of Defense, forcing these middle-class workers, who help keep our nation safe and assist our war-fighters, to accept a 20 percent pay cut.  Unfortunately, they aren’t the only victims of the sequester.

July 8, 2013

As Congress returns to session this week, the hard-working civilians in the Department of Defense who keep our country safe are facing the beginning of furloughs as a result of the sequester.

July 8, 2013

First week back from the 4th of July district work period, and what are Republicans doing?

July 3, 2013

For those who were impressed with the Republican-led 112th Congress’s unchallenged record as the least productive ever, prepare to be underwhelmed even more

July 2, 2013

The ball is in Speaker Boehner's court for the Republican-led House to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and the pressure is on. The latest to pile on: Gov. Jeb Bush. The former Florida Governor penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, pleading for his party to get their act together, work with House Democrats, and pass comprehensive immigration reform. From Gov. Bush:

June 27, 2013

And predictably, House Republicans learn exactly the wrong lesson from their Farm bill failure.

June 27, 2013

While we’re still celebrating yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on DOMA and Prop 8, we’re still disappointed by the Court’s ruling against the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday. Already, criticism of that decision is coming in from all corners of the country. 

June 20, 2013

The headlines this afternoon aren’t kind for Republican leadership after GOP division was on full display today when 62 Republicans voted against the GOP farm bill:

May 29, 2013

We already knew sequester was going to have a gradual but nonetheless harmful impact, so we’re not surprised by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray T. Odierno continued warning on sequester. 

May 24, 2013

More bad headlines for House Republicans.

May 21, 2013

It was definitely a lively debate on the Senate Floor this afternoon. A great illustration of the growing rift between Republican factions, two Senate Republicans argued against their own Republican colleagues on the next step in our budget process.

May 20, 2013

According to S&P, the U.S. continues to be at risk of another credit downgrade. According to the National Journal:

May 15, 2013

We just had to share the New York Times’ pretty brutal assessment of the amount of time House Republicans have wasted in vain attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and take away patient protections from millions of Americans.

May 14, 2013

We mentioned last week that a number of Senate Republicans are joining Democrats in calling on the House Republican leadership to continue the budget process by appointing conferees

May 10, 2013

Looks like it’s not just Democrats calling for a return to ‘regular order’ in the budget process.  

May 8, 2013

According to POLITICO this morning, Speaker John Boehner has admitted that the Republican bill on the Floor this week does pay China first:

April 24, 2013

They went from this:

April 18, 2013

After experiencing severe “regular order” amnesia, it looks like House Republicans have decided to join Democrats in calling on their fearless leaders to follow regular order on the budget.

April 16, 2013

Below is an excerpt from Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD)’s pen and bad briefing with the press on Tuesday, April 16, 2013:

April 15, 2013

Let’s hope the American people weren’t looking forward to Congress actually getting something done, since Republicans clearly aren’t interested:

March 22, 2013

An op-ed in the Washington Post by founding director and former president of the Pew Research Center, Andrew Kohut, explains how the Republican party continues to be out of touch with Americans, and he has the polling numbers to prove it. Some highlights from his op-ed:

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