Hoyer Press Staff Blog

Blog posts from the press staff of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

February 28, 2013

Today, instead of averting the sequester, the Republican-led House passed the inclusive, bipartisan Senate-passed Violence Against Women Act – so, at least something good happened. We’re glad that some House Republicans actually decided to put partisan politics on the backburner in order to get something done. Now, if only they could decide to put politics aside to avert the sequester by compromising with Democrats on a balanced solution. Wouldn’t that be nice!

February 28, 2013

We may not be surprised, but we sure are disappointed to hear that House Republicans are playing political games with our country’s economy. Ezra Klein writes in the Washington Post about how Republicans are taking a “wait and see” approach, despite warnings from economists, military leaders, and policy experts:

February 28, 2013

Republicans continue to refuse to take action to avert the sequester, which would take effect tomorrow. Today’s editorial cartoon in USA Today offers an unfortunate glimpse into the future we face without a balanced solution to avoid these irrational cuts. Note to Republicans: it’s not too late to change this future.

February 27, 2013

As the Supreme Court begins hearing arguments challenging this crucial piece of civil rights legislation, voices have been pouring in from around the country in support:

February 26, 2013

As Republicans continue to waste time and welcome the draconian spending cuts known as the sequester, the American people are calling them out for it. The latest from Pew Research:

February 22, 2013

We’ve been emphasizing the harm of the sequester for weeks and months, but perhaps Republicans need to hear it from someone in their own party. This morning, they got just that.

February 22, 2013

Well this should come as no surprise. According to a Bloomberg News poll, Americans want Congress to prevent the steep and arbitrary spending cuts, better known as the sequester, from happening.

February 22, 2013

This week, the Pentagon informed 800,000 civilian employees worldwide they would be forced to take unpaid leave under the sequester, leaving a gaping hole in our defense personnel and systems.

February 21, 2013

New poll out by USA Today/ Pew Research Center is further proof of what we’ve been saying all along – Republicans’ problem is not just messaging, but their policies and priorities.

February 20, 2013

The Republican rhetoric blame game machine should hopefully come to a screeching halt after everyone got a glimpse of Speaker Boehner’s power point presentation selling sequestration as their tool to cut spending (and let’s not forget that Republicans first proposed it in their Cut, Cap, and Balance bill that they passed with 229 Republican votes on July 19).

February 19, 2013

Well, we can’t say we’re surprised.  Despite the warnings from our economists and defense leaders about sequestration’s disastrous impact, the response from Republicans is simple: we don’t care.  Just see today’s article from The Hill, “GOP Lawmakers Don’t Fear Political Impact of Sequester,” where Republicans are still rooting for the irrational sequester:

February 14, 2013

While we’ve all been hoping for Republicans to take a reasonable approach to averting the sequester, it looks like it was just wishful thinking.

February 14, 2013

With the deadline to avert the sequester fast approaching, Republicans have decided their best strategy is to… do nothing?

February 13, 2013

The sequester was designed as an irrational and harmful policy that would force lawmakers to reach a balanced and bipartisan solution

February 11, 2013

With only 8 legislative days remaining until the sequester is scheduled to take effect, time is running short.

February 6, 2013

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the Voting Rights Act later this month, it’s important to remember that recent actions have made it harder for millions of eligible voters to register and participate in our elections.  The New York Times takes a look at how lines to vote impacted the 2012 elections:

February 6, 2013

As the Senate prepares to vote on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act tomorrow, a quick refresh of where House Republicans stand on the issue, courtesy of the New York Times:

February 4, 2013

A Wall Street Journal article out today offers a preview of GOP Leader Cantor’s speech tomorrow, and describes it as an attempt to overhaul Republicans’ message. In our effort to be helpful, we’d like to point out that it’s not (only) a message problem they’re having – it’s their obstruction and lack of action on anything substantive. But best of luck to him. And might we also suggest a few questions for after his speech:

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:

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