Floor Statements

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June 22, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives this evening during a sit-in staged by House Democrats to demand a vote on legislation to address gun violence. House Republicans gaveled out the proceedings more than eight hours previously, but Democrats held the Floor. 
June 22, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives today during a sit-in staged by House Democrats to demand Republicans hold a vote on legislation to address gun violence. 
June 15, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives this afternoon in opposition to consideration of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017 due to House Republicans' refusal to allow debate on an amendment to ban discrimination against LGBT Americans. 
June 10, 2016
This afternoon, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed House Republican leaders' decision to abandon their promise of regular order and close the appropriations process to prevent their Members from having to take tough votes. 
May 26, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives this morning to call on House Republicans to take meaningful action to address the Zika virus by providing the necessary resources to respond. 
May 25, 2016
Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today in opposition to a bill that would repeal DC’s budget autonomy. 
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. 
August 1, 2014
In today's paper there’s an op-ed , it's written by Mr. McCarthy, the new Majority Leader. In that op-ed he said, quote: ‘I have always believed that you must win the argument before you can win the vote. In Congress, committees act as idea factories for policies from both sides, and as Majority Leader I will commit to the committee process and regular order.’ Apparently he didn't start yesterday doing that, and we don't start today doing that.
July 30, 2014
I thank the Gentlelady [Rep. Slaughter] for yielding, and I rise in opposition to the bill that is before us. It is somewhat ironic that the Republicans want to sue the President for not enforcing a law that they want to repeal. 
July 25, 2014
Mr. Speaker, I’m not going to ask the Majority Leader any more questions, because I'm not going to get any answers. 
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 2, 2012
“Mr. Speaker, we are now at some point and time going to conclude four weeks in session with little to show for it. Over the past month, the Republican Do-Nothing Congress has continued its relentless pursuit of message over substance.
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. 
September 8, 2008
The dominant political fact of the last eight years has been Republican failure—serial governing malpractice. This month, we will be holding them to account.
February 14, 2008
Mr. Speaker, in 1885, a young scholar wrote an influential book about the United States Congress entitled ‘Congressional Government.’
October 20, 2006
Staying the course’ is not a strategy, nor is sitting on the sidelines hoping that the Iraqis will eventually forge a political solution...
October 20, 2006
We write out of a deep sense of concern that the situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate and that there is no effective plan for improvement...
September 13, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following remarks today about the divisive, partisan 9/11 Resolution put forth by Congressional Republicans:
September 7, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following remarks today on the House floor:
July 20, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following remarks today on the House floor in favor of overriding President Bush’s first veto, which he issued today regarding H.R. 810, legislation that was passed in both the House and the Senate to expand research of embryonic stem cells:
May 3, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today on the House Floor in opposition to the Republicans’ Sham Lobbying “Reform” Bill:
September 15, 2005
Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in support of an independent commission to investigate the federal government’s inept response to Hurricane Katrina, and in opposition to the Republican proposal to create a majority dominated partisan Congressional investigative committee:
June 24, 2005
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today on the House floor calling for President Bush to repudiate the remarks made by his chief political advisor Karl Rove:
April 13, 2005
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today on the floor of the House of Representatives regarding the Republican Estate Tax Bill and the Democratic Alternative:
March 20, 2005
WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) delivered the following statement today on the Floor of the House of Representatives: