Floor Statements

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April 29, 2009
This legislation—The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act—is a powerful statement of some of our most important American values: tolerance, respect for differences, and accountability for those who are driven to violence by hate.
January 27, 2009
I am proud that one of the very first bills passed by this House in the 111th Congress was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
January 9, 2009
The value of work lies in a job well done, not in the gender of the worker.
July 31, 2008
Equal pay for equal work.’ When we put the principle as bluntly as that, I doubt that anyone in America would disagree. It is a basic ideal of fairness: The value of work lies in a job well done, not in the gender of the worker.
June 25, 2008
Eighteen years ago next month, the first President Bush signed into law one of the most consequential pieces of civil rights legislation in recent memory.
April 19, 2007
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today in support of H.R. 1905, the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act, which will at long last give residents of the District of Columbia a voting representative in the House.
October 17, 2006
If anything, the Military Commissions Act is not tough enough on terrorists because there is no certainty the act will withstand the scrutiny of the Supreme Court...
September 20, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today on the House floor against the misguided Republican Voter ID bill:
July 13, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following remarks today on the House floor in favor of reauthorizing key provisions of the Voting Rights Act (as prepared for delivery):
October 26, 2005
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today, as prepared for delivery on the floor of the House of Representatives:
June 7, 2005
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement on the House floor in favor of an amendment urging action against Anti-Semitism by U.N. Members:
March 20, 2005
WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) delivered the following statement today on the Floor of the House of Representatives:
January 27, 2005
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) delivered the following statement today on the Floor of the House of Representatives:
October 21, 2004
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today delivered the first annual Tony Coelho Lecture in Disability Employment Law and Policy at New York Law School. Rep. Hoyer, who was the lead House sponsor of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), focused his speech on the unfulfilled promise of the ADA and the urgent need to address the weakening of protections afforded to people with disabilities. The following is the full text of Rep. Hoyer's speech:
September 28, 2004
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer spoke on the floor today in support of the Democratic Motion to Instruct conferees on the FY 2005 Department of Defense Authorization Bill. The Motion to Instruct would retain the Senate-passed hate crimes legislation in the Conference Report to ensure that state and local law enforcement can effectively investigate and prosecute hate crimes. The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:
July 22, 2004
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today on the House Floor during debate on H.R. 3313, which would bar Federal courts, including the Supreme Court, from considering the constitutionality of Federal legislation:
July 22, 2004
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today on the House Floor during debate on H.R. 3313, which would bar Federal courts, including the Supreme Court, from considering the constitutionality of Federal legislation:
July 8, 2004
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this afternoon after the Republican leadership held a 15-minute vote open for 38 minutes on an amendment offered by Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The Republican leadership only closed the vote on this Amendment after it had twisted the arms of eight Republicans who initially voted for the provision and then changed their votes at the leadership’s urging.
May 17, 2004
Whip Hoyer addressed the 2005 AIPAC Annual Conference in Washington, DC today.
May 11, 2004
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) made the following Floor statement today regarding the House’s role in investigating abuses of Iraqi prisoners and legislation being considered in the House for Covered the Uninsured week:
May 6, 2004
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today on the House Floor regarding the Resolution condemning the treatment of Iraqi detainees:
October 28, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement tonight on the House Floor criticizing the anti-Semitic comments made by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad at the Organization of Islamic Conference on October 16. Hoyer, Majority Whip Roy Blunt (MO) and Reps. Shelley Berkley (D-NV) and Eric Cantor (R-VA) introduced a Resolution that is being debated on the House Floor tonight condemning Prime Minister Mohammad’s comments:
October 24, 2003
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement criticizing the anti-Semitic comments made by