Young Americans

As they pursue an education or enter the workforce in these hard economic times, young Americans are rightly wondering whether they’ll have the same opportunities to succeed as their parents’ generation. That’s why Democrats are working to help young Americans afford higher education and skills training, find well-paying jobs, and make the most of their talents. Democrats are defending these programs from Republicans’ proposed budget cuts and their efforts to roll back student loan protection programs.

Democrats enacted the largest investment in student aid in its history, without increasing the deficit, by cutting out wasteful taxpayer subsidies to big banks and directing the money to increased and more affordable loans for students. We also helped make college more affordable by increasing Pell Grant awards to nearly $6,000. In addition, Democrats successfully fought to pass a G.I. bill for the 21st Century, which helps post-9/11 veterans attend college.

Democrats understand how hard it is for many young Americans to afford health insurance. That’s why, under the Affordable Care Act, young Americans starting their careers will be able to stay covered on their parents’ health insurance plans until their 26th birthday, and innovators, both young and old, will be able to afford insurance if they start a new business.

One of the most important issues for young people’s futures is fiscal responsibility. Every dollar we borrow today means more debt, and less opportunity, for the generations to come, which is why Democrats are fighting to put our country back on a path to a balanced budget. We restored the pay-as-you-go law, which requires Congress to find a dollar of savings for every dollar it spends, and which and helped create budget surpluses under President Clinton.

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“It is disturbing that House Republicans are only interested in shifting the blame for their refusal to compromise – and for its consequences. 

7/8/13

After House Republicans’ deep divisions led to the failure of the Farm bill last week, Congress has less than one week remaining before the July 4th district work period to address several crucial issues. Here’s a look at legislation that the Republican leadership should bring to the House Floor for consideration, but instead continues to ignore:

6/25/13

“While I believe that the House must take action to keep student loan interest rates low before the July 1 deadline, this Republican bill is the wrong approach. 

5/23/13

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) introduced the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act today.

5/22/13

In April, the sequester that had flown under the radar for most Americans at last entered the public spotlight. As cuts led to furloughs for air traffic controllers and other FAA personnel, flight delays frustrated passengers across the country.

5/22/13

“Thank you very much for this award, which I am proud to share with my colleagues – all of whom are truly ‘champions for children’ in Congress.

4/15/13

The reckless, across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester could have a disproportionate impact on critical programs that serve those in our nation’s most vulnerable communities. Instead of asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share by closing tax loopholes, Republicans have threatened many programs that seniors, working mothers, veterans, and many other Americans rely on.

3/6/13

By passing this resolution tonight, Congress sends a message to the people of Newtown:  you are not alone. The American people are mourning with you; we are standing beside you in this darkest of hours. And, in the days, weeks, and months ahead, we will begin the healing process with you. We remember the twenty children whose lives were tragically cut far too short. We honor the heroes at Sandy Hook Elementary who acted to save students' lives; and we recognize the first responders who reacted so swiftly.

12/17/12

WASHINGTON—Today House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, House Administration Committee Ranking Member Bob Brady and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers convened a meeting of Members and representatives from youth, student, and voting organizations. The discussion focused on the escalating attempts to prevent students and young people from casting ballots this November. In state legislatures across the country, there has been a significant rise in laws designed to hinder access to the ballot for students, minorities, seniors and other groups. If nothing is done about these new restrictions, thousands of those eligible young voters will be turned away from the polls.

8/1/12

“Today the House passed a conference report that will give certainty to millions of students and that will pave the way for jobs and economic growth.  This should have been done weeks ago, but instead Republicans took us to the brink of seeing the highway bill expire and student loan interest rates double. 

6/29/12