Hoyer Press Staff Blog

Blog posts from the press staff of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

June 4, 2012

So far, House Republicans’ summer agenda is not drawing rave reviews.

May 31, 2012

Don’t look now, but the GOP appears to be taking baby steps away from their rigid refusal to include revenues as part of a balanced deficit reduction plan. Facing a “fiscal cliff” later this year, all solutions need to be on the table. But so far the GOP has exclusively focused on spending cuts and walked away from any sort of comprehensive deal.

May 31, 2012

Here’s what House Republicans AREN’T doing this week – focusing on jobs and preventing student loan interest rates from doubling:

May 30, 2012

Wanted to make sure you all saw the Make It In America bill on the House Floor tonight.  H.R. 4041, the Export Promotion Reform Act, is bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Howard Berman and Don Manzullo.  This bill would allow companies to increase exports of U.S. goods and services and add jobs for American workers.      

May 29, 2012

In case you missed it while at your Memorial Day weekend barbeque, wanted to pass along this Washington Post piece about Republicans refusing to take Grover Norquist’s pledge. (Yes, there’s a theme building: here’s Politico’s piece that we sent around earlier this month that noted the same trend.)

May 29, 2012

Stop us if you have heard this one before: Speaker Boehner’s debt limit demands are unproductive at best and threatening our fragile economic recovery at worst.

May 23, 2012

If you only look at one chart today, this is it.

May 23, 2012

Here we go again. Norm Ornstein’s op-ed in Roll Call today slams Speaker Boehner’s threat to hold the debt limit hostage once again, calling it a sign of fiscal irresponsibility that will lead us right back to the shutdown threat and S&P downgrade from last year.

May 22, 2012

Wanted to make sure you all saw this op-ed in Roll Call today by Stan Collender on Speaker Boehner’s “exceptionally irresponsible” demands that he will allow the U.S. to default on its obligations unless he gets exactly what he wants.

May 21, 2012

In case you missed it in the hustle and bustle last week, Politico goes inside the House GOP Caucus and finds a number of Republican members who are finally ready to admit that revenues are necessary if we’re going to seriously address the deficit, and are rejecting Grover Norquist’s tax pledge.

May 16, 2012

Wanted to make sure you all saw this editorial in today’s New York Times about the unrealistic and unhelpful debt limit marker Speaker Boehner laid down yesterday.

May 15, 2012

You would think Republicans would avoid bringing our nation to the brink of default once again, but a year later Speaker Boehner is putting forward the same partisan strategy that resulted in our nation’s first credit downgrade.

May 15, 2012

Even though Speaker Boehner has spent the day blaming Democrats for our current deficit problem, the numbers—and the charts—tell a very different story. Today, TPM breaks down the real reasons for our exploding national debt. Here’s a hint: It isn’t the policies of President Obama or Congressional Democrats.

May 10, 2012

After waiting this long, it is clear to see: The GOP didn’t have a plan to “replace” the ACA back in January of last year and they certainly don’t have a plan now.

May 9, 2012

One would think that House Republicans would be focused on job creation and investments that support our economy. But instead, the House is voting on a Republican amendment offered by Rep. Schweikert that targets voting rights.

May 9, 2012

It is a rare day when we here in the Democratic Whip Press shop implore Republicans to heed the advice of conservative Senator James Inhofe. But as the impasse over the highway bill drags on, stranger things have happened.

May 9, 2012

Headlines this morning aren’t flattering for Senate Republicans after they blocked a bill to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling:

May 8, 2012

The recaps are in from yesterday’s mark-up of House Republicans’ reconciliation bill, and it certainly isn’t pretty. We’ve picked a few of our favorites that demonstrate the awfulness of the Republican bill. Enjoy:

May 8, 2012

In their headlong charge to protect tax cuts for the wealthy at all costs, Senate Republicans voted today to block consideration of a measure to keep student loan rates from doubling on July 1.

May 7, 2012

Wanted to be sure you saw this op-ed by David Ignatius in Sunday’s Washington Post highlighting the resurgence of American manufacturing and the emerging trend of “reshoring.”

May 2, 2012

Wanted to make sure you saw this op-ed in the New York Times highlighting the growing resistance to new measures that have been introduced by Republicans in states across the country that would make it harder for millions of eligible voters to register or vote.

May 2, 2012

We aren’t the only ones who have noticed the GOP Congress has taken little action to address job creation… or do much of anything that matters to the American people since taking the House majority. In today’s Washington Post, Dana Milbank writes:

May 1, 2012

Need more proof House Republicans were never actually serious about reducing the deficit? The Hill reports today that Republicans have no plans to pay for an extension of the Bush tax cuts.

April 30, 2012

In case you missed it, in an op-ed in Sunday’s Washington Post, Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein place responsibility for gridlock in Congress squarely on obstructionist Republicans. 

April 25, 2012

You can’t make this stuff up. Tomorrow, the Ways and Means Committee is holding a hearing to discuss tax extenders. Sounds nice, right? Well, here’s the catch: members can’t actually talk about any tax extenders they want.

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