Floor Statements

February 12, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today on how President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget can help address the everyday challenges of Americans living in poverty. 
February 11, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today in opposition to a Republican bill that intends to further politicize the paying of our nation’s bills and is not a real attempt to address the debt in a responsible way. 
January 8, 2016
"I have had a long association with Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico, of course, is an integral part of the United States of America and its citizens are citizens of the United States of America. Like other jurisdictions who have from time to time, whether they be in California or New York or in the Midwest or the South or the North, have found themselves in deep fiscal trouble.
December 17, 2015
I thank [Appropriations Committee Ranking Member] Lowey and Chairman Rogers for their leadership on this bill.
December 15, 2015
Mr. Speaker, within the next few days, the House could take up a tax package that extends a number of tax breaks permanently.
December 9, 2015
I thank the gentlelady from California for yielding. No one in this House more than Congresswoman Barbara Lee has been focused on how we lift those in poverty out of poverty, into the middle class. 
December 8, 2015
I thank the gentlelady for yielding, and I rise in support of this legislation. I want to thank the Ranking Member [of the Homeland Security Committee], Bennie Thompson, [Rep.] Lofgren, who worked very hard on this, and Democrats on the Homeland Security Committee and on the Immigration Policy and Enforcement Subcommittee for their hard work to ensure that this bill will protect Americans from the threat of terror while we remain true to our highest principles and ideals.
December 3, 2015
Today, we will pass in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote a bill to give more stability and investment in our infrastructure in America. 
December 2, 2015
I thank Mr. Scott for yielding.  I want to thank Mr. Kline, the Chairman of the Committee, and Ranking Member Scott for their work on this bill. 
November 4, 2015
I rise in opposition to this rule. I rise in opposition because it would make in order several amendments that undermine the will of the majority of both parties in this House that the Export-Import Bank should be reopened immediately.
October 27, 2015
The American public ought to know that 147 Republicans voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank just a few years ago under the leadership of [former Majority Leader] Mr. Cantor and myself. 
October 26, 2015
Since July, businesses and workers have been asking Congress to reopen the Export-Import Bank so that they could compete on a level playing field in overseas markets.
October 21, 2015
I would like to see the formation of a ‘Responsibility Caucus’ – a caucus that is honest with the American people; that doesn't pretend that this debt limit vote is a real vote, [that doesn’t pretend] it's a real vote when you cut revenues by hundreds of billions of dollars and don't pay for it, and if you think that that does not up the debt, somehow pays for it, you haven't been around for the last 35 years watching.
October 9, 2015
I join my friend, Mr. Forbes, in opposition to this amendment, Mr. Speaker. This amendment would harm America’s national security.
September 29, 2015
Uncertainty over the Bank’s future has already lead businesses to announce jobs being moved overseas. 
September 17, 2015
Mr. Speaker, the will of the Majority is being thwarted in this House – the People's House.  
September 11, 2015
As a result of our failure to fund the Export-Import Bank and to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, we are losing jobs, and we have lost a substantial number of jobs already.
July 9, 2015
Mr. Speaker, there are days in this House when morality and the values of our country as articulated in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution of our country summons us to vote as Americans – as moral representatives and as representatives of the values of our country. Today is such a day, my colleagues.
June 25, 2015
Charter authority for the Export-Import Bank is set to expire this coming Tuesday, should Congress fail to reauthorize it – which apparently we are going to fail to do.
June 18, 2015
This essentially will be the sixtieth vote – over the next two days, four days – on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
June 18, 2015
He did this in response to Congress' failure to pass the DREAM Act and help children of undocumented immigrants stay here and help build a better future for America.
June 18, 2015
I thank the gentleman for repeating for a third time his answer to me. Mr. Speaker, I would simply observe sadly that the representation ‘the House can work its will’ on an issue of great importance to the United States and to jobs in the United States will not be brought to this Floor, notwithstanding the fact that 180 Democrats have signed a discharge petition and 60 Republicans filed a bill to extend the Export-Import Bank.
June 3, 2015
Mr. Speaker, we are now less than a month from the deadline for Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.
May 20, 2015
Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the COMPETES reauthorization act, which is an attempt to disinvest, in my view, in research, innovation, and education at a time when we ought to be investing in those areas even more greatly.