Floor Statements

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. 
June 9, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives this afternoon in support of bipartisan compromise legislation to address the debt crisis in Puerto Rico. 
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 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on the House Floor this afternoon in support of the Toxic Substance Control Modernization Act, a bill to modernize outdated legislation to protect Americans from harmful toxic substances.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 21, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today in support of yesterday’s announcement by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that Harriet Tubman and other American women will be added to U.S. currency.
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 23, 2016
Mr. Speaker, this week marks the sixth anniversary of the adoption of the Affordable Care Act.
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. 
March 17, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor this afternoon in opposition to House Republicans’ anti-immigrant amicus brief resolution. Below is a transcript of his remarks and a link to the video.
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. 
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.