Articles & Op-Eds

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.
May 23, 2011
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer will lay down his marker in the upcoming debt limit debate in a speech before the Bipartisan Policy Center on Monday.
May 18, 2011
Families and small businesses have been hurting, and for far too long. Since 1979, the number of manufacturing employees has shrunk from 20 million to 12 million. And in the last decade, that process has accelerated. As a result, America's middle-class families have lost $2,000 in yearly income. And in St. Louis, from 2004 to 2010, the region lost 28 percent of its manufacturing jobs.
May 12, 2011
The century-old process of rounding up votes on the House floor is about to get a makeover.
May 11, 2011
THE U.S.-CHINA Strategic and Economic Dialogue wrapped up in Washington Tuesday after much discussion of the now-familiar economic imbalances within, and between, the two countries. Yet even as leaders again made promises about currencies and trade, evidence was mounting that some old assumptions regarding their relationship may no longer apply. For U.S. companies and workers, long buffeted by “outsourcing,” real and perceived, the most encouraging new reality may be the beginning of the end of China’s competitive advantages over the United States — even in manufacturing.
May 10, 2011
General Motors plans to kick off a hiring blitz today that will add or preserve about 4,200 jobs in eight states, including up to 2,000 in metro Detroit, people familiar with the planning said.
May 9, 2011
After a 40 percent drop in sales from October 2008 to February 2009, Materials Processing Inc. laid off workers, changed the way it sets prices and took fewer risks in the volatile commodities markets.
May 4, 2011
It may be Washington's best-kept secret: House Democrats are counting off the 119 days since Republicans have had the speaker's gavel without bringing any jobs bills to the floor.
May 4, 2011
Win the Future might be President Obama’s economic slogan of choice, but Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) wants the White House to adopt another catchy phrase: Make It in America.
May 3, 2011
Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters Tuesday that Democrats will roll out a host of legislative proposals Wednesday as part of their “Make It in America” agenda. Some of the items have already been introduced by Democratic Members, Hoyer said, and all will be focused on boosting exports and lowering the unemployment rate.
May 2, 2011
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is taking on the mantle of deal-maker in the Democratic Caucus, a role that will be highlighted in the upcoming debt limit fight.
April 18, 2011
If you're feeling overwhelmed this Tax Day, you're not alone. The complexity of our tax code isn't just a nuisance for families and businesses -- it's a drag on our entire economy. Each year, Americans spend billions of dollars and more than 225 million collective hours doing their taxes. And each year, there's talk of making our tax code far simpler, talk that rarely goes anywhere. This year, however, there is a real chance that we can turn our overwhelming tax code into a simpler one that unleashes productivity, saves families time and money, helps us create jobs, and reduces the deficit.
April 16, 2011
But there's a paradox to Boehner's success. The speaker hasn't achieved these goals solely because of the 87 GOP freshmen elected last fall. He's pulled it off because in each case, he got help from the Democrats.
April 15, 2011
House Democrats launched a surprise procedural offensive on a budget plan Friday in an effort to put conservative Republicans on the spot – and fell just nine votes of succeeding.
April 15, 2011
When House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) heard Republicans were going to hold a vote on the extremely conservative Republican Study Committee budget, a lightbulb turned on in his head.  
April 4, 2011
Manufacturers continued adding jobs last month as the sector showed momentum largely unhindered—at least for now—by rising oil prices and the Japanese crisis
April 1, 2011
Manufacturing in the U.S. expanded in March at close to the fastest pace in almost seven years, reinforcing signs the industry will propel growth in the world’s largest economy.
March 31, 2011
The Obama administration on Thursday outlined a new approach to medical care that it said could mean higher quality and less risk for patients, while also saving millions of dollars for taxpayers.
March 23, 2011
A year ago, the parents of a little girl in Ohio were worrying that they would soon exceed the lifetime limit on their health insurance. Taylor Wilhite had been diagnosed with leukemia at age 8, and her treatment — rounds of chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, long hospital stays — had been stupendously expensive.
March 23, 2011
A year ago this week, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, or the ACA. The ACA gave families — not insurance companies — the freedom to control their own health care choices. Just a year after it became law, the ACA is making it easier for small businesses in Prince George's County to cover their employees, the law is taking important steps to bring down health care costs, and it's stopping insurance company abuses that bankrupt sick Marylanders or deny them coverage.