Hoyer Press Staff Blog

Blog posts from the press staff of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

October 8, 2013

At a time when the backlog of veterans’ disability claims remains unacceptable, the GOP shutdown is about to make it worse.

October 8, 2013

Whatever happened to desperately wanting to negotiate and this not being a game?

October 8, 2013

Wanted to make sure you saw today’s editorial in the Washington Post highlighting the negative impacts of the reckless Republican government shutdown:

October 8, 2013

Take note, House Republicans: yet another poll shows the American people oppose your strategy to shut down the government over Obamacare.

October 8, 2013

The deadline to act to ensure America pays its bills is fast approaching, but House Republicans are denying how severe the consequences of inaction will be.

October 7, 2013

While House Republicans continue to deny the implications of not raising the debt ceiling against the advice of bipartisan economists and officials, several government agencies are preparing for the worst.

October 7, 2013

Despite claims from Republican leaders that Democrats have refused to negotiate on the budget, a look at the not-so-distant past shows that Democrats have a long history of attempting to negotiate with unwilling partners on a budget that would compromise between the House and Senate versions. 

October 7, 2013

Despite claims from Sen. Cruz that “Republicans are winning,” a new poll today from Washington Post/ABC News shows some empirical evidence to the contrary:

October 7, 2013

This is what compromise looks like:

October 5, 2013

In case you missed it earlier this week, Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno warned that the Republican government shutdown would have a detrimental impact on our military operations:

October 5, 2013

Amongst all the other impacts we’ve seen, the GOP shutdown has caused Americans’ confidence in our economy to drop dramatically.

October 5, 2013

Because the House Republican leadership refuses to bring the Senate’s clean CR to the floor for a vote to re-open the entire government, many Americans looking to purchase a home are beginning to feel the pain, as the ongoing GOP shutdown will stall home loans for thousands

October 4, 2013

A sampling of editorials from around the country shows House Republicans’ refusal to end the GOP shutdown isn’t playing out so well for them.

October 4, 2013

An unusual addition to the list of House Republicans who recognize shutting down the government over the Affordable Care Act wasn’t a good idea - Representative Dennis Ross (R-FL).

October 4, 2013

In case you’re keeping track (and really, you should be) – we’re now up to seven times that House Republicans have voted against bringing the Senate’s clean government funding bill to the Floor so we can reopen the government.

October 4, 2013

For Republicans who thought there wouldn’t be any impact when they shut down the government, think again. 

October 4, 2013

Just wanted to point out that, as Tropical Storm Karen makes its way toward the Gulf Coast, the bill on the Floor today (which leaves the government shut down) doesn’t address a wide range of agencies that respond to major storms, including:

October 4, 2013

As the Republican government shutdown continues, we are less than two weeks away from another manufactured Republican fiscal crisis on the debt limit. 

October 4, 2013

Some Republicans aren’t happy with their colleagues who chose to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act.

October 4, 2013

For almost a week, House Republicans have been playing partisan games on the House Floor, refusing to allow the Senate’s clean government funding bill on the House Floor.

October 3, 2013

With thousands of federal workers locked out of their offices, national monuments closed to visitors, children denied treatment for diseases, and veterans unable to get full access to services (the list goes on…), it’s amazing that Republicans are keeping the government shut down over the Affordable Care Act.

October 3, 2013

As House Republicans waste another day posturing while continuing to block a vote on a clean government funding bill that would immediately end the shutdown, we thought you all would enjoy some editorial cartoons on how the shutdown is being perceived across the country.

October 3, 2013

Passing along a few more impacts of the government shutdown that Republicans caused over the Affordable Care Act: risking military aid to Israel, and ability to enforce sanctions on Iran. 

October 3, 2013

We know our reporter friends are tired after these past few days of the GOP shutdown, so in case you haven’t written your questions for the Republican press conference today, we thought we’d help you out.

October 3, 2013

We already knew that economists predicted a two week shutdown could cut economic growth by 0.3%, but here’s a new startling statistic about the impact of the Republican government shutdown:

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