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December 14, 2012Press Item
I was deeply saddened to hear about today’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.   What occurred there is every parent’s worst nightmare – a senseless tragedy, leaving us to wonder what could motivate someone to commit such a horrible act against innocent children and those who serve as their educators.  My thoughts and prayers are with the students, teachers and families affected by today’s shooting.  There can be no consolation other than to know that they have the heartfelt prayers and support of an entire nation.
December 6, 2012Press Item
Today, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) traveled with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY-6) to visit Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York, which experienced significant damage from Hurricane Sandy. During the tour, Col. Kent Savre, Commander of the North Atlantic Division of the Corps of Engineers, and Col. Trey Jordan, head of the Corps’ New York Recovery Field Office and Commander of the Baltimore District, briefed Whip Hoyer and Congressman Meeks on the extent of damage and recovery efforts.
November 7, 2012Press Item
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and the House Democratic Caucuses announced jointly today that they have launched a new resume bank at democraticwhip.gov/resumes where members of the public can submit resumes that will be viewable by all new and existing House Democratic offices. For the large freshman class of Democrats that will be joining the 113th Congress, this will be a useful tool as they set up their offices and hire staff members.
October 21, 2012Press Item
"Senator George McGovern never stopped fighting for the causes of peace, freedom, and human dignity at home and around the world. From his humble roots in South Dakota to his heroic service as a bomber pilot over Europe in World War II, from his decades in public office to his run for the presidency, Senator McGovern's own life exemplified the American Dream that he worked so hard to make possible for millions.
October 14, 2012Press Item
"I was saddened to hear about the passing of Arlen Specter. For thirty years, he served the people of Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate well, often working across the aisle to get things done. He was a moderate who put the needs of his constituents and country before politics - something seen all too rarely now. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."
September 19, 2012Press Item
Before Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, they announced their “Pledge to America” with claims that they would focus on priorities important to the American people, such as creating jobs, restoring economic certainty, and reducing the deficit. Two years later, Republicans’ record shows that they abandoned their pledge, and instead have consistently chosen to focus on partisan political issues rather than policies to restore our economy or create jobs. Now House Republicans are adjourning until after the election, and Republican leaders are concluding their legislative agenda the same way they started it: choosing obstruction and political messaging over working together to enact policies that help Americans.
September 14, 2012Press Item
“Sunday evening, across America and throughout the world, Jewish families will usher in a new year – one that I hope is filled with the blessings of peace and happiness for all.  Rosh Hashanah offers an opportunity to remember the important contributions made to our country by its Jewish community, which has enhanced America in the fields of science, politics, law, entertainment, athletics, and a host of others since the days even before our nation’s independence.   
August 24, 2012Press Item
“This weekend, I will join with Americans across the country in celebrating Women’s Equality Day, marking the anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment’s ratification, which recognized women’s right to vote and participate in our electoral democracy.  On this day, we mark the achievements women have made across the spectrum of American society, but we also acknowledge how much work remains.
August 11, 2012Press Item
“I congratulate Chairman Ryan on the honor of being chosen as Gov. Romney’s running mate. He and I have served together in Congress for several years, and I know he cares deeply about putting America back on a sustainable fiscal path, just as President Obama and Vice President Biden do.
August 6, 2012Press Item
“Congratulations to all of our All-Star Members, especially this year’s MVP Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02), on their success during House Democrats’ annual online competition. Over the course of three weeks, House Democrats acquired over 139,000 new Facebook fans, Twitter followers, and YouTube subscribers, which surpasses last year’s total by 82,000.
August 1, 2012Press Item
“Today, for the first time in history, the United States Postal Service is set to default on its obligations because House Republicans refuse to take action on bipartisan postal reform legislation. The Senate passed a bill, by a bipartisan vote of 62-37 in April, that could have prevented default and preserved the Postal Service. Unfortunately, as we head into the August district work period, House Republicans refuse to address this matter at all and are once again walking away from the American people on a critical issue.
July 26, 2012Press Item
“I thank the Gentleman from Colorado [Rep. Perlmutter] who has been so involved and so eloquent in expressing the grief that his constituents share and all the members from Colorado on either side of the aisle who have come together to share this grief.
July 25, 2012Press Item
Over the last 19 months in the majority, House Republicans have wasted time passing GOP messaging bills that appeal to their conservative base, rather than working towards bipartisan compromises on critical legislation.  Meanwhile, the Senate has passed multiple pieces of legislation with strong bipartisan votes.  House Republicans continue to choose confrontation over compromise, refusing to take up any of these bills and putting American families and businesses at risk.  Here’s a look at how House Republicans are refusing to govern for the middle class:
July 20, 2012Press Item
“I join in mourning the tragic loss of life in Colorado this morning.  The families of the victims, the many injured, and all those in Aurora are in my thoughts and in my prayers.  It is in times like these that Americans have always rallied together as one community and one family, and we do so again today.  I commend the heroism of our first responders from local and federal law enforcement and area hospitals, who have done an outstanding job in the face of great difficulty.  
July 19, 2012Press Item
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) announced today that House Democrats have begun using open tools on POPVOX.com that enable citizens and organizations to publicly weigh in on specific legislation before Congress. Whip Hoyer issued the following statement:
July 16, 2012Press Item
“I’m pleased to announce the start of our third annual Member Online All-Star Competition – an online competition between Members of the Democratic Caucus to gain Facebook fans, Twitter followers, and YouTube subscribers. Social media is critical to having an ongoing dialogue with the public, and over the course of the contest, House Democrats will work to engage with even more constituents and get our message out to millions of Americans. Last year’s competition resulted in over 57,000  new fans, followers, and subscribers, and I know this year will be even more successful.”
June 28, 2012Press Item
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 25, 2012Press Item
“I am very disappointed that the Supreme Court chose today to uphold its earlier Citizens United decision.  The consequences of that decision have seen the voices of ordinary citizens drowned out by the unprecedented influence of political organizations wielding tens of millions of dollars from undisclosed donors with unknown agendas.  Our democracy relies on the principle of every citizen having an equal voice, and the Citizens United decision undermines that basic tenet. 
June 22, 2012Press Item
“Forty years ago tomorrow, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was enacted to remove barriers to equal opportunity in education and school athletics.  This was a milestone that enabled the achievements of the tens of millions of American women who have since participated in the full range of educational and athletic opportunities this country has to offer.  
June 19, 2012Press Item
“On June 19, 1865, when U.S. Army Major Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation to the people of Galveston, Texas, the words fell upon the ears of the despairing and enslaved but settled in the hopeful hearts of free men and women.  On that day, a new page was turned in our history, as the last of America’s slaves learned of their emancipation, and the new birth of freedom – of which Abraham Lincoln had spoken – began to stir the dreams of millions eager to take their lives into their own hands. 
June 18, 2012Press Item
“I am pleased to welcome Tom Mahr and Javier Martinez to my staff,” said Hoyer.  “They bring with them to their respective positions years of experience and valuable insight that will help House Democrats develop the best solutions to our nation’s most pressing challenges and communicate them to a wide range of constituencies.  I look forward to working with them both.” 
March 20, 2012Press Item
The Republican budget introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan today is a repeat of last year’s budget: it once again ends the Medicare guarantee while protecting tax cuts for the wealthy.  It slashes investments in innovation, education, and infrastructure, which puts our economic recovery at risk and threatens American jobs.  It does not reduce the deficit in a responsible way, instead placing the burden of deficit reduction onto seniors, the middle class, working families, and the most vulnerable by refusing to ask the wealthiest among us to contribute.