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May 24, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor this afternoon in support of the Toxic Substance Control Modernization Act, a bill to modernize outdated legislation to protect Americans from harmful toxic substances. Below is a transcript of his remarks.
May 19, 2016
This afternoon, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) went to the Floor for colloquy but no House Republican joined him to offer the schedule for next week. 
May 18, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor this evening in opposition to an inadequate bill offered by House Republicans to address the Zika crisis, which provides less than a third of the funding requested by President Obama.
May 10, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor this evening in support of the Opioid Program Evaluation Act, which he co-sponsored with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and the need to provide adequate funding to address the growing opioid crisis. 
April 19, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined House Democrats on the House Floor this afternoon to call on Senate Republicans to do their job and hold a hearing and a vote on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. 
April 13, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor this morning about the Information Technology Modernization Act, a bill he introduced on Monday to upgrade government IT infrastructure and strengthen cybersecurity. 
March 21, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today, calling on Senate Republicans to give Supreme Court Justice Nominee Merrick Garland fair consideration. 
February 29, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined the Congressional Black Caucus on the House Floor this evening to discuss the Senate’s constitutional responsibility to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. 
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. 
September 9, 2014
Mr. Speaker, September should be a particularly important month for this House. It will be a month of contrast. It will be a month in which the American people will be able to see that the Republican message to the American people is ‘you're on your own,’ while Democrats say ‘we're on your side.’
May 30, 2014
Mr. Speaker, first let me briefly say I rise to speak on this bill, which directly impacts our economy, our competitiveness, and our ability to create jobs that pay well and open doors to opportunity.
October 22, 2013
“Bill Young was my friend. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word. Bill Young was an example for us all. I will have the privilege of speaking on Thursday, at his request, at his funeral. Bill and I served on the Appropriations Committee for twenty-three years together. Then I left when I became Majority Leader.
July 24, 2013
“Mr. Speaker, as the Speaker has said, later today members and staff from both parties will come together to remember the tragic shooting that occurred 15 years ago in this Capitol.
July 8, 2013
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA) in a moment of silence to honor former House Majority Whip Bill Gray, who passed away last week.
June 27, 2013
“Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise tonight to honor and to lead a Special Order, but to honor a great American, a great colleague and a great legislator whose service to this country and to this institution have been unmatched.
June 13, 2013
“I rise to join the Leader. I rise to join Congresswoman Esty and Congressman Thompson in recognizing this sad anniversary.
January 3, 2013
“I thank the Ranking Member, Ms. Slaughter, and thank her for the work that she is doing and has been doing over the years, as our representative and leader on the Rule Committee.
December 19, 2012
Mr. Speaker, for over 40 years, the Congressional Black Caucus has strengthened and enhanced the work of The People’s House. It does so by carrying into this chamber the voices of millions of Americans who for too long in our history were voiceless. It represents millions of our citizens who contribute greatly to building our economy, defending our hard won freedoms and fighting for equal justice and equal opportunity for all of our citizens.
October 20, 2012
"It is shameful that House Republicans have continued to politicize the attack that killed four Americans in Libya. Our focus should be on working together to bring the perpetrators to justice, and we must ensure that those who are on our side in Libya are not hurt by the irresponsible disclosure of their names."
September 21, 2012
“Our Republican colleagues are leaving without getting their work done. I say their work done. Without getting our work done. The work of the American people. Comprehensive jobs bills, middle-class tax cuts have not been extended, farmers are left on their own to face the worst drought in decades, … and a Farm bill reported out of the Republican committee lays unconsidered by this Floor. Reported out of their committee from their majority and they haven't brought it to the Floor while farmers remain in trouble. We've not re-authorized the Violence Against Women Act, and we have not passed a postal reform bill. I am glad to take this special order, Mr. Speaker, to say to the American people that we're prepared to stay. we're prepared to stay and work on these bills.”
August 1, 2012
“Mr. Speaker, this week’s middle class tax cut debate is an unnecessary sequel to December’s fight over extending payroll tax cuts. Republicans campaigned on a pledge to seek bipartisan solutions to our pressing challenges, but, when faced with a bipartisan agreement in December, they chose to walk away. And they appear ready to do so again this week. 
June 28, 2012
Mr. Speaker, this is a sad day for the House of Representatives. It is an irresponsible day for the House of Representatives. It is a day in which the Majority party asked us to take an action that has never been taken in the history of America - never once holding a cabinet officer in contempt of the Congress.
June 8, 2012
Mr. Speaker, some of the most pressing legislative items were nowhere to be found on the Floor this week. We had an opportunity to make headway on critical legislation. Unfortunately, the leadership provided no action. Not solutions, not action, only obstruction and delay.
December 7, 2011
The Republican Leader and I may debate vigorously on many issues, but one area where we strongly agree is on making Congress more transparent and accessible. Recently, Congress took steps to open up the Capitol building, this Visitor’s Center, so citizens can meet with their Representatives and see the home of their legislature. In the same way, Congress is now taking steps to update how it connects with the American people online.