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Floor Statements

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December 12, 2013
First of all, let me say America is advantaged by having two people who work on the Budget Committee who have great intellect, great integrity and care about America: Mr. Ryan from Wisconsin and Mr. Van Hollen from Maryland.
October 5, 2013
“I want to thank the gentleman for yielding and I want to thank my colleague Frank Wolf. There's no harder advocate, more effective advocate for federal employees than Frank Wolf. He and I have worked together for over 32 years on behalf of the interests of those people who work for the American people every day to make them safer, healthier, more informed.
September 28, 2013
“Mr. Speaker, I thank my friend, Mr. Moran, for yielding.
July 31, 2013
“This Congress has been the worst Congress for federal employees in which I served. The Gentleman who spoke before me said he ran a business. If you treated your employees as we're treating our employees, they would have all quit. They would have all walked out. They would have said that epithets that are used, that ‘bureaucrats’ spit out, as a pejorative term – the people who make this government run.”
July 17, 2013
“Mr. Speaker, for civilian defense employees at Pax River Naval Air Station, Webster Field, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Indian Head, all of which I represent – and Mr. Jones, who's on the Floor, represents a substantial number as well in his district – sequestration hit home last week as furloughs began. The same is true for 650,000 civilian defense workers throughout our country.
July 10, 2013
“Mr. Speaker, beginning this week, literally hundreds of thousands of civilian workers are being furloughed, particularly at the defense installations in Maryland’s Fifth District, across the state, and around the country.
April 17, 2013
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to a wonderful individual who has served our country in government service for many years and spent the last four overseeing our federal workforce as the Director of the Office of Personnel Management. I am speaking of my dear friend John Berry, who retired last week as Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
February 15, 2013
“Mr. Speaker, there is not time to debate in the time I have available how we determine federal pay. I was a sponsor of the Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act, which [President] George Bush signed back in 1990. I know a little bit about this. But America is confronting a sequestration that will have devastating impact on our economy, on every individual in America and on international confidence in America's ability to manage itself. And what have we spent two days on? A quarter percent cap on cost-of-living adjustment for federal employees. A quarter of a percent.
February 14, 2013
"What the Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act does, that I have pointed out to you was adopted in a bipartisan way, working with the OMB, OPM, and the first Bush Administration.
February 6, 2013
“I think it's unfortunate that now for two and a half years the only working people - the only working people - in America who have received a freeze or decrease or have contributed to solving the debt crisis which confronts us, with which the Gentleman and I agree, are federal workers. I’m not talking about Members of Congress. I'm not talking about the President or the Vice President. The President doesn't get a COLA adjustment, obviously. But it's a cost of living adjustment, and I will say to my friend that I have worked over the last 20 years with his counterparts, either in the majority or minority to ensure we made the distinction so people understood and didn't demagogue that issue. I regret that we are doing so here again.”
May 10, 2012
First of all, federal employees have contributed $75 billion over the last two years towards helping us reduce the deficit – $75 billion. No other working American has been asked to do that. You treat federal employees in this House as second-class working people. That's wrong. This is a 5% tax increase on federal employees. Nobody else. Nobody else do we ask. The richest people in America, we don't ask them to help solve this deficit problem. But federal employees, yes, a $75 billion contribution, and you don't blink an eye because it's easy – because we demagogue about government and, by association, we demagogue about ‘bureaucrats’ used as an epithet.
February 17, 2012
I know that everybody on my side would have supported the agreement that Mr. Van Hollen and I put forward. That agreement would, as the current agreement would say, that the only individuals paying for this bill out of 315 million Americans are the two million civilian workers who work for us, who work for all of us, who day after day, week after week, month after month make sure we give the services to the people of the United States, protect the United states, ensure that our food is safe, ensure that we have FBI agents on the job, make sure at the Defense Intelligence Agency we know what other people are doing, these are all civilian employees. Highly skilled, highly trained, highly educated and, yes, highly motivated. And every day they give outstanding service to the people of the United States. We talk here and we pass laws here but none of that talk and none of those laws make a difference unless somebody implements what we say and the policies that we set. This Congress is on the path to be the most anti-federal worker Congress that I have served in.
November 8, 2005
There are few functions that are more sensitive or critical to our great nation’s well being than the one performed by employees of the Internal Revenue Service...
March 17, 2004
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today vowing to fight for pay parity for federal civilian employees and military employees in Fiscal Year 2005 after an amendment to add language in support of the bipartisan principle failed in committee:
November 7, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke out on the House floor in opposition to a Republican provision in the Defense Authorization Conference Report, which would deny worker protections and rights to hundreds of thousands of Department of Defense civilian employees. The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery...
October 31, 2003
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) lambasted the Republican FAA Reauthorization conference report on the House Floor today – particularly the absence of a prohibition of privatizing air traffic control towers, which was included in the original House and Senate bills.
October 28, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in support of the Federal Employee Student Loan Assistance Act (S. 926). The Act would increase the annual amounts that federal agencies can offer employees to help repay student loans and will be considered on the House Floor today:
September 17, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to the announcement that health insurance premiums for federal employees and retirees will rise an average of 10.6 percent next year, the fourth consecutive year of double-digit increases:
September 5, 2003
WASHINGTON D.C. – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) joined House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Jim Turner (D-TX), Ranking Member on the Select Committee on Homeland Security, and other committee members today to brief reporters on a Democratic plan to address homeland security vulnerabilities. The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery...