Articles & Op-Eds

December 14, 2011
The exercise of this right is under threat again. Not from batons or water hoses but from those intent on hindering access to the ballot for the perverse purpose of manipulating elections. We cannot afford to allow access to the voting booth to be granted or denied based on political expediency.
December 1, 2011
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday morning that Congress in the next few weeks needs to focus on extending unemployment benefits that expire at the end of the year.
November 30, 2011
House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that while the agenda is full for the home stretch into 2012, "there's no more important piece of legislation" than extending benefits.
November 30, 2011
“There is no more important piece of legislation that we need to pass than the extension of unemployment insurance benefits,” the Maryland Democrat said today. “Over the next 21 days we’re going to test whether the Congress has a heart and a soul.”
November 4, 2011
Democrats on Thursday ratcheted up efforts to combat new voting laws adopted by 13 states that Democrats contend are deliberate efforts to keep its core voting blocs from casting ballots next year.
November 4, 2011
Congressional Democrats are warning that state’s changes to voting laws may make it harder to cast election ballots — and are appealing to local officials to do something about it.
November 4, 2011
One year out from the 2012 election, House Democrats are joining in on the newly ramped-up battle over voter ID laws.
October 4, 2011
The U.S. manufacturer, whose elevators zip up and down structures as diverse as the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower, is moving production from its factory in Nogales, Mexico, to a new plant in South Carolina.
September 30, 2011
 America is still recovering from the worst economic crisis many of us have seen in our lifetimes. For many African-Americans, recovery is not coming nearly fast enough. We have made some progress since the worst days of the crisis -- President Obama inherited an economy that was losing nearly three-quarters of a million jobs each month, and we now have had eighteen straight months of private sector job growth -- but more needs to be done.
September 22, 2011
Last Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced he would ignore international warnings and take his bid for recognition of a Palestinian state to the UN Security Council. The decision facing Abbas was a simple one: return to direct peace negotiations with Israel or rebuff the U.S. and renew diplomatic warfare against Israel. In choosing the latter, Abbas has put at risk not only the Palestinian Authority's relationship with the U.S., but the aspirations of his own people.
September 20, 2011
Undoubtedly, the current economic crisis has had very negative effects on the Hispanic community. The overall unemployment rate among Hispanics is 11.3 percent, and among Latino youth, it’s even worse at 19.3 percent. Similarly, Hispanic small businesses have also suffered tremendously.
September 19, 2011
This time, President Obama did not compromise with himself beforehand, or put out a half measure in hopes of luring nonexistent Republican support. This time, he issued an unabashed call for economic fairness in cutting the federal deficit, asking as much from those on the economy’s upper rungs as from those lower down whose programs may be trimmed.
September 16, 2011
The patent that led to the telephone was approved in one month. The patent that led to the cell phone, as former White House economic advisor Austan Goolsbee recently observed, was approved in three years. Today, patents are held up for even longer -- and jobs and growth are held up with them. At this moment, more than 700,000 patents are caught in the backlog. Could one of those 700,000 new ideas be the next iPhone, the next breakthrough drug, the key to the next great American industry? We'll have to wait a long time to find out.
September 8, 2011
President Obama started off his address to a joint session of Congress by giving a nod to the House Democrats’ “Make it in America” agenda.
August 30, 2011
THE United States became the world’s largest economy because we invented products and then made them with new processes. With design and fabrication side by side, insights from the factory floor flowed back to the drawing board. Today, our most important task is to restart this virtuous cycle of invention and manufacturing.
August 27, 2011
AS we celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, we reflect on the life and legacy of this great man. But recent legislation on voting reminds us that there is still work to do. Since January, a majority of state legislatures have passed or considered election-law changes that, taken together, constitute the most concerted effort to restrict the right to vote since before the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
August 25, 2011
The $825 billion economic stimulus law signed by President Obama in February 2009 is still having a positive impact on the economy some 30 months later, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
August 23, 2011
Wanted to make sure you saw the op-ed by Whip Hoyer in Politico calling for a balanced solution to reducing our deficit which includes action on both spending and revenue. To read the op-ed, click here or see below...
August 4, 2011
A chronic shortage of engineering students threatens America’s role as the world’s leading innovator and continues to impede our nation’s fragile economic recovery. Over the past 20 years, the percentage of engineers graduating in the United States has stagnated, while India and China surpass us with rapid progress.
July 14, 2011
The jobs report released last week disappointed a lot of Americans, and I’m one of them. Our private sector added 57,000 jobs in June, but with public-sector layoffs across the country, the total number of jobs created added up to just 18,000. To be sure, that’s far better than the situation our country faced as President Obama took office, when we were losing nearly three-quarters of a million jobs per month. Since then, our economy has been steadily adding jobs, and our private sector has grown for 16 straight months. But that’s hardly any consolation to the millions of Americans who are still out of work, still suffering the effects of 2008’s financial crisis. What can we do to make their future brighter?
July 13, 2011
A sprawling coalition of Wall Street and Main Street business leaders sent an unmistakable message to lawmakers Tuesday: Enough squabbling. Get the debt ceiling raised.
July 5, 2011
Each July 4, we celebrate our nation’s independence and again take pride in America’s history. This pride comes from knowing that the courage, determination and hard work of generations of Americans before us — many of whom fought and died to preserve our liberty — made our country what it is today.
June 16, 2011
A little more than two years after General Motors and Chrysler were forced through bankruptcy proceedings in return for government cash, the time has come to acknowledge the unlikely success of the auto bailout.
June 15, 2011
Factories produced more goods in May, bouncing back from supply disruptions caused by the Japan crises and tornadoes in the southern U.S. In April, those factors led to the first drop in output in 10 months.
May 23, 2011
But though Hoyer called for compromise, he minced no words calling out Republicans for their refusal to support using increases in tax revenue, achieved by tax reform, to help close the deficit gap. He suggested that Republicans still believe that tax cuts are ‘a fiscal and economic cure-all,’ despite the economic growth experienced under higher tax rates during the Clinton administration and the assertions of economists that the Bush administration’s tax policy is a major driver of the national debt.