Hoyer Press Staff Blog

Blog posts from the press staff of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

March 13, 2013

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank clearly read the Republican budget proposal – or, read what was possible, at least. As he explains in his column today, the Republican budget proposed by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is full of magic asterisks and undisclosed cuts:

March 11, 2013

Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan appears to have based his Republican budget proposal on fantasy instead of reality. While Rep. Ryan admits Republicans don’t want to refight the fiscal cliff battle, apparently refighting the Affordable Care Act isn’t off the table (yes, the same Affordable Care Act upheld by the Supreme Court).

March 11, 2013

Rep. Paul Ryan may not have officially unveiled his budget proposal yet, but he gave a pretty clear indication of his plans this weekend. As expected, it appears the Republican budget will be based on false realities, gimmicks, and rejected policies.

March 7, 2013

As we wait with baited breath for Rep. Paul Ryan to release the Republican budget, it looks like it’ll be more of the same.

March 6, 2013

If last year is any indication, the Ryan Budget due to be unveiled next week is sure to leave us disappointed.

March 5, 2013

While many impacts of the sequester will not be felt right away, a number of stories from across the country have started to trickle in. In case you missed it, according to a Washington Post report, 1,600 public schools on Native American reservations and military bases are feeling the impact of federal cuts now:                                                             

March 5, 2013

The Hill: “Boehner: I Won’t Make Practice of Passing Bills Without GOP Support.”

March 4, 2013

Over the weekend, Speaker John Boehner appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” where he made a astounding claim:

March 4, 2013

Lack of action by Republicans means the impact of the sequester will be felt over the coming weeks and months across a range of government departments. The Washington Post breaks down how these indiscriminate cuts could impact departments ranging from the FDA to the FAA:

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

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