Hoyer Press Staff Blog

Blog posts from the press staff of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

March 16, 2016

If you were wondering whether Republicans were prepared to be reasonable about President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Speaker Ryan’s response should clear it up. 

March 15, 2016

Speaker Ryan has been trying for weeks to rally his conference around a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2017, with last night’s House GOP conference meeting set up to be their final pitch to the conference. How did it go? Shocker: not well. 

March 3, 2016

Speaker Ryan and House Republican leaders pitched their budget for Fiscal Year 2017 to the Republican conference this morning, reopening the bipartisan budget agreement by promising conservatives $30 billion in additional spending cuts. And if you think that means the House is any closer to considering a budget, think again. 

March 2, 2016

Speaker Ryan can’t unify House Republicans around a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2017, so yesterday he called in Senator McConnell to try to talk some sense into the extreme Members of his party. A look at today’s headlines shows that it didn’t go well for him either.

February 29, 2016

A look at recent headlines show Republican leaders continue to struggle with unifying their conference around a budget resolution for fiscal year 2017. With each passing day, the prospects of the GOP passing a budget and completing the appropriations process seem to lessen. 

February 16, 2016

Speaker Paul Ryan gathered House Republicans on Friday to plot their strategy for their fiscal year 2017 budget resolution, pleading with the hardliners in his party to stick to the bipartisan budget spending limits agreed to last year. Of course, no one is surprised that the extreme Members of his conference aren’t having it. 

February 10, 2016

As the House votes on Republicans’ science bill on the Floor today, we wanted to bring to your attention a quote from Speaker Ryan on the day he was elected to be the Speaker of the House about the importance of following regular order and allowing Members to participate in an open process. 

February 10, 2016

After Republicans added billions to the deficit when they passed their unpaid-for tax bill in December, Politico reports that the House Freedom Caucus is pushing Speaker Ryan to cut spending levels dramatically, rather than stick with the budget agreement that Republicans agreed to. 

February 4, 2016

Yesterday, Speaker Paul Ryan had some alarming news for members of the Congressional Black Caucus – he supports legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act, but he isn’t willing to bring a bipartisan bill to the Floor. Apparently, he “can’t do that.”

December 2, 2015

Wanted to make sure you saw today’s editorial in the New York Times, which asks the million-dollar question: Will Speaker Ryan take the responsible path and prevent a shutdown, or will he give in to right-wing demands to shut down the government?

November 4, 2015

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers released a letter today urging Members to oppose Ex-Im Bank related amendments to the highway bill. 

November 4, 2015

ICYMI: The National Association of Manufacturers released a “Key Vote” letter urging Members to oppose Ex-Im Bank related amendments to the highway bill. 

November 3, 2015

ICYMI: The Chamber of Commerce released a “Key Vote Alert” letter urging Members to oppose Ex-Im Bank related amendments to the highway bill. 

October 28, 2015

Just in case Senator McConnell missed it last night, we thought we’d be helpful and round up this morning’s headlines that show the majority of Republicans voted with nearly every Democrat to pass legislation to reopen the Export-Import Bank – the same legislation that passed the Senate with 64 votes. So, the question for him is: will he take it up so we can restore certainty to businesses or will he stand in the way of the will of bipartisan majorities in both of the House and the Senate?

October 21, 2015

Wanted to be sure you saw the below letter from the AARP to Congress in support of a clean debt limit bill to pay our nation’s bills. 

October 20, 2015

With a number of looming legislative deadlines quickly approaching – including passing a long-term highway bill before October 29, paying our nation’s bills before November 3, and funding the government past December 11 – Republicans continue to waste time on partisan games. 

October 9, 2015

Another day, another dose of deep Republican divisions.

October 8, 2015

GOP divisions are on full display again this week, as Republican leaders continue to prevent the House from working its will on the Export-Import Bank – even though a clear majority of Members support reopening the Bank.

October 8, 2015

The refusal of House Republican leaders to allow a vote on legislation to reopen the Export-Import Bank is harming U.S. businesses and will cost hardworking Americans their jobs. 

October 8, 2015

The USA Today Editorial Board had a few words of advice for House Republicans this morning regarding their “transparently partisan” Benghazi committee: “time to wrap it up and tie a bow on it.” 

October 1, 2015

Although the House passed a clean, continuing resolution to fund the government yesterday, 151 Republicans still voted to shut down government once again.

October 1, 2015

Ahead of GOP leadership elections, House Republicans continue to be deeply divided over the Party’s path forward. 

October 1, 2015

We wanted to be sure you saw today’s Op-Ed in The Hill by Dave Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell International Inc., calling on Republicans to engage in “true leadership” and end their ideological attacks against the Export-Import Bank that are putting “American companies at a competitive disadvantage and prospects for growth and jobs at risk.”

September 24, 2015

As you could have guessed, Senate Republicans’ CR defunding Planned Parenthood was rejected this afternoon with eight Republican Senators voting against it. 

September 24, 2015

What happens when Republicans shut down the Export-Import Bank and cut off financing assistance to U.S. companies? Those companies will look for that assistance elsewhere.

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