Articles & Op-Eds

June 10, 2009
President Obama called on Congress yesterday to enact pay-as-you-go budget rules to help tame a deficit forecast to top $1.8 trillion this year.
June 10, 2009
Congressional leaders abandoned efforts yesterday to win passage of the D.C. voting rights bill this summer after city leaders wouldn't withdraw their opposition to an amendment that would do away with the District's strict gun-control laws.
June 9, 2009
U.S. auto dealers' political muscle was on display Tuesday, as House and Senate lawmakers increased pressure on General Motors Corp. (GMGMQ) and Chrysler LLC to pull back on planned dealership closings.
June 7, 2009
While headlines talk about a "fight" over the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court that may never develop, a much bigger battle is about to break out over President Obama's No. 1 domestic priority, health care.
June 2, 2009
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer has a message for members as they enter the busy summer months: Pick up the pace on roll calls, or miss your chance to vote.
June 2, 2009
Seeking to maintain momentum from last month's markup, House Democrats are considering an aggressive push this month for floor passage of energy and global warming legislation.
June 1, 2009
Congress returns this week to face an agenda stuffed with difficult, high-profile issues that will test the ability of Democrats and the White House to deliver health care, energy and spending legislation while simultaneously contending with a Supreme Court nomination.
May 21, 2009
IN THE THREE months since the U.S. Senate approved the D.C. voting rights bill, dates targeted for a House vote have come and gone with no action.
May 21, 2009
The House will probably adjourn for the Memorial Day recess Thursday without having resolved differences with the Senate on the war funding bill, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in an interview.
May 20, 2009
The House appears likely to clear sweeping new restrictions on the credit card industry Wednesday — a major success for President Obama that would directly affect far more Americans than any of his other economic initiatives to date.
May 13, 2009
House Democratic leaders vowed Wednesday to pass a comprehensive overhaul of the health care system before the August recess.
May 13, 2009
The financial health of the Social Security system has eroded more sharply in the past year than at any time since the mid-1990s, according to a government forecast that ratchets up pressure on the Obama administration and Congress to stabilize the retirement system that keeps many older Americans out of poverty.
May 13, 2009
Increasing reliance on renewable energy from wind and solar farms might not necessarily mean the construction of thousands of new transmission towers stretching across the American landscape.
May 13, 2009
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said a climate change bill could be on the House floor this summer after Democrats announced agreements on a few critical issues holding the legislation up.
May 12, 2009
The cheapest kilowatt of renewable energy is the kilowatt we save. For that reason, building a clean energy economy isn’t simply about constructing low-carbon plants or implementing a cap-and-trade plan. It’s also about developing an energy grid that more efficiently sends power to homes and businesses — and saves us money along the way.
May 12, 2009
As the United States looks to expand the electric grid to reach renewable energy generation and cut greenhouse gas emissions, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) wants to ensure the transmission cables themselves more efficient and "smart."
May 10, 2009
"WE CAN no longer afford to leave the hard choices for the next budget, the next administration or the next generation," declared President Barack Obama last week as he unveiled his budget.
May 10, 2009
The mountain labored, and brought forth a mouse. Last week the administration confronted the budget of the U.S. government in the "line by line" review long promised by President Obama -- and found theoretical savings almost invisible to the naked eye.
May 7, 2009
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) stepped out of his role as the heavy lifter in the background on Wednesday, calling on Congress to tackle long-dreaded entitlement reform, criticizing Congress for “a long history of inaction on long-term fiscal issues” and breaking with key Democrats by endorsing a commission to do so should Congress fail to act.
May 6, 2009
Key lawmakers from both parties have held tentative talks about overhauling the Social Security system, and Congress could turn its attention to the federal retirement program as soon as this fall if a bipartisan consensus emerges, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said yesterday.
May 5, 2009
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) is the most partisan Democrat in the House, while her deputy, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), is one of the most bipartisan lawmakers in the lower chamber, according to a survey conducted by The Hill.
May 2, 2009
In "National Health Care With 51 Votes" (op-ed, April 27), Republican Sen. John Sununu argues that a minority of 40 senators ought to stand in the way of the 45 million Americans without health insurance, and millions more struggling with skyrocketing health-care costs.
April 29, 2009
Last winter, President Obama took office facing challenges unparalleled in recent memory — particularly an economy in steep decline.
April 24, 2009
The House of Representatives is not a meek institution. It can be fiercely partisan, rowdy and even arrogant. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is none of these things. The majority leader is a statesman who settles fights, while many of his colleagues start them.
April 24, 2009
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is facing one of the most daunting challenges in his 28-year career on Capitol Hill: wrestling a single piece of healthcare legislation out of a stable of some of the most fearsome old bulls in Congress.