Hoyer Press Staff Blog

Blog posts from the press staff of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

March 21, 2012

Conservative quote of the day on the House Republican budget goes to the President of Club for Growth and former GOP Congressman Chris Chocola:

“It is hard to have confidence that our long-term fiscal challenges will be met responsibly when the same Congress that passed the Budget Control Act wants to ignore it less than one year later.”

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

March 21, 2012

A look at the morning news shows Republicans are still divided over their budget that ends the Medicare guarantee and hurts our economic recovery.

March 21, 2012

Reviews are in on the Republican budget introduced yesterday and they are not pretty. Editorial boards agree the GOP budget will hurt our economic recovery and favors tax breaks for the wealthy at the expense of seniors, the middle class, working families, and the most vulnerable.

March 20, 2012

Even as Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled the House Republican budget today, a Roll Call article highlights continuing GOP divisions.

March 19, 2012

A look at recent news shows Rep. Paul Ryan isn’t fooling anyone – everyone knows the Republican budget is a repeat of last year and House Republicans are once again calling for the end of the Medicare guarantee and higher health care costs for seniors.

March 15, 2012

As the House returns to session on Monday, Speaker Boehner has two options: bring up the bipartisan Senate highway bill which passed with a bipartisan vote of 74-22, or keep trying to cobble together a partisan bill that’s not popular even in his own party.  In case you missed them, here are some stories highlighting the difficult road ahead for divided House Republicans as the Senate’s highway bill arrives with strong support from their colleagues in that chamber.

March 8, 2012

Wanted to make sure you saw this Washington Post article  from Dana Milbank on the Republican distortions on gas prices.

March 5, 2012

Another week begins with Speaker Boehner’s highway bill still stuck in neutral, as House Republicans remain divided on a path forward for their partisan highway bill that destroys 550,000 jobs, rolls back safety and environmental standards, and fails to meet our nation’s infrastructure needs.

March 2, 2012

Wanted to be sure you saw this Politico article highlighting ongoing GOP division as gridlock continues over their highway bill that destroys 550,000 jobs, rolls back safety and environmental standards, and fails to meet our nation’s infrastructure needs.

March 1, 2012

A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll out today shows Republican efforts to roll back new health care freedoms, restrict women’s health care access, end the Medicare guarantee, and raise health care costs for seniors still aren’t popular with the American people.

February 24, 2012

A look at the morning headlines shows GOP leadership scrambling to save Speaker Boehner’s highway to nowhere bill and struggling with a divided conference as they attempt to retool a bill that destroys 550,000 jobs, rolls back safety and environmental standards, and fails to meet our nation’s infrastructure needs.

February 15, 2012

A look at today’s headlines shows that Republicans are deeply divided and scrambling to find support for Speaker Boehner’s partisan highway bill. Instead of following the Senate’s lead and working with Democrats on a bipartisan path forward, Republican leadership insists on moving forward with a partisan bill that lacks support among their own Members – forcing Speaker Boehner to “punt” on the bill and throwing the process into disarray.

February 14, 2012

Just a quick note for Speaker Boehner: When it comes to your behemoth of a highway bill, the problem is your policies, not the process.

February 14, 2012

Democrats are committed to ensuring that every eligible voter has access to the ballot and remain vigilant when it comes to efforts by Republican lawmakers in several states to impose new barriers to voting.

February 9, 2012

Over 400 days have gone by since House Republicans took the majority, and they still haven’t put forward a comprehensive jobs plan. So, what did they do today?

February 9, 2012

With the House set to take up a massive surface transportation bill next week, we here in the Democratic Whip Press Shop wanted to catalog the opposition to Speaker Boehner’s 1,000 page behemoth of a bill. While highway bills have traditionally been bipartisan endeavors, the only thing bipartisan about this bill is the overwhelming opposition to it.  Facing criticism from all sides, the bill is threatening to veer off the road before it even hits the Floor.

February 7, 2012

It’s fascinating to watch Republicans try to hide their opposition to tax cuts for middle class families.

Leader Cantor yesterday: “The Republican conference in the House was never for allowing payroll taxes to go up on working people. And somehow that message didn’t seem to go and flow through, in terms of the message coming out of Washington… Why would we want to stand in the way of anything that would allow that to happen?” [The Hill, 2/7/12]

Compared to Leader Cantor in August: The AP reported that Leader Cantor “has never believed that this type of temporary tax relief is the best way to grow the economy.” [AP, 8/22/11]

February 7, 2012

House Republicans claim to be focused on jobs and economic growth, but a new analysis by economist Mark Zandi shows that walking away from middle class tax cuts and unemployment insurance could cost our economy 500,000 jobs, raise the unemployment rate by at least 0.3%, and lower economic growth by 0.7%.

February 7, 2012

Wanted to be sure you saw this editorial in today’s NY Times on Republicans’ willingness to play political games and put middle class tax cuts at risk for 160 million Americans once again.

February 6, 2012

Wanted to be sure you saw this Politico article today highlighting Republican division over extending middle class tax cuts. One would think that they had learned their lesson after walking away from 160 million Americans in December, but apparently not. With less than a month to take action, it looks like Republicans are willing to put middle class tax cuts at risk once again.

February 2, 2012

This Groundhog Day, the American people may be feeling a sense of Déjà vu. House Republicans are once again gearing up to push their wildly unpopular plan to end the Medicare guarantee and raise costs for seniors. And like Bill Murray in a certain movie, they might find themselves reliving the same painful scenario over and over again.

February 2, 2012

There’s less than a month to go until middle class tax cuts expire, and you’d think Republicans would be feeling the heat to get something done. But what did they discuss at today’s conference meeting?

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.

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