Articles & Op-Eds

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.
April 17, 2009
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer will summon three committee chairmen and other pivotal players to his office this week to plot strategy on the sticky priority of health care.
March 30, 2009
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s (Md.) role as the consummate deal-maker who can smooth over the vast differences in the Democratic Caucus has made him the go-to guy in recent weeks as President Barack Obama looks to pass his ambitious budget and health care plans.
March 11, 2009
Congressional initiatives, added to the president's specific priorities, have come to be known as "earmarks."
February 22, 2009
Two and a quarter centuries ago, before the Capitol had even been imagined, the Founders were asking a question we still hear in the District to this day. How could they cut out a city from its home state and put it under the direct rule of Congress without violating the principles they had just fought a war to secure?
January 16, 2009
The House Wednesday overwhelmingly approved extending the filing deadline for unemployment benefits and the COBRA health coverage subsidy through the end of February.
January 7, 2009
The 111th Congress has been sworn in at one of the most challenging moments in our history. Today we prepare ourselves to meet that challenge, full of confidence and hope for a new year — but chastened by the knowledge that the value of all of our fall and winter promises reaches zero as soon as we raise our right hands and take the oath of office. From that point on, we can expect to be judged by results alone.
October 4, 2008
In the end, the system worked, in its own halting, imperfect way. Now, we can only hope that the $700 billion package passed by the House of Representatives and signed into law by the president yesterday performs the hoped-for trick of unlocking the credit markets and averting economic disaster.