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January 13, 2011Press Item
Last night, President Obama issued an inspiring call for all Americans to conduct our public debates with more civility and respect for one another, even when we strongly differ on the best course for our nation. I agree, and I believe Congress has a responsibility to set an example of less ugly, less divisive debate. Coming together to hear an address on the state of our union in a few weeks is an especially important moment to recommit ourselves to approaching our public life with the respect and honesty that our serious, shared problems demand.
January 9, 2011Press Item
Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. eastern standard time, I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives. It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.
January 9, 2011Press Item
We do not anticipate any recorded votes in the House this week. We all continue to keep Congresswoman Giffords, her family, her staff, and the families of the other victims in our prayers.
January 9, 2011Press Item
This is not simply an attack on Ms. Giffords. This is an attack on democracy itself, on the ability, as she said in that reading of the first amendment, to peaceably assemble, to come together to talk to one another. That's what democracy is all about—representatives listening to their constituents and trying to reflect their views.
January 8, 2011Press Item
The Republican leadership has announced, in consultation with Democratic leadership, that there will be no legislative action in the House next week that does not relate to today's tragic event in Arizona. Consideration of Health Care Repeal legislation has been postponed to a later time. We are all keeping the victims and their families in our prayers.
January 6, 2011Press Item
It is absolutely unacceptable to deny nearly 5 million Americans a voice in Congress,” said Democratic Whip Hoyer. “Republicans continually declare they are focused on listening to the American people. With this rules change, they are ignoring the voices of 5 million American citizens. We can listen to our people by continuing the constitutionally-sound policy of the last two Congresses, which gave Delegates and the Resident Commissioner a vote in the Committee of the Whole House. I hope Republicans work with us to reinstate this fair and common sense policy, rather than disenfranchising millions of citizens.
January 5, 2011Press Item
I rise in opposition to this rules package, not for small reasons, but because it authorizes trillions of dollars of new debt, without paying for it. There are two ways to create debt: you can buy things and not pay for it, or you can simply cut revenues and make yourself unable to pay for things. If you don’t cut spending or maintain revenues consistent with your spending, then you will inevitably create new debt.
January 5, 2011Press Item
Today, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, my colleague from the State of Maryland, becomes the longest-serving woman Senator in American history. It’s a fitting milestone for a public servant who has been a trailblazer for her entire career. From her beginnings as a social worker and community activist, Sen. Mikulski’s career has always been motivated by a deep commitment to open doors of opportunity, to serve the people of Maryland, and to carry their voices to Washington.
January 4, 2011Press Item
As the 112th Congress begins, the “new” House Republicans are starting off by returning to their old ways. Their Rules Package shows that while they made promises to the American people that they would govern differently and cut the deficit, they are already failing to live up to their pledge.
December 15, 2010Press Item
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer appears to be solidifying his position as the Democratic leader whom Republicans can deal with and trust next year.
December 13, 2010Press Item
Despite sharp divisions, Democrats and Republicans might be able to reach agreements in the 112th Congress on issues such as scientific research and education and even on overhauling tax policy, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Monday.
December 13, 2010Press Item
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) delivered remarks this morning at the National Press Club on the need for American leaders to look beyond two-year election cycles to address the challenges facing our country, including job creation, economic growth, and fiscal responsibility.  Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
December 8, 2010Press Item
Today Republican Leaders released the 2011 House voting schedule. Our nation will still be facing a number of critical challenges that we must confront together next year. We will work to address the top concerns of the American people during the next Congress, including creating jobs, growing the economy, and balancing the budget in the long-term. We hope Republicans will work with us on those issues.
December 2, 2010Press Item
I am pleased to announce that Rep. Jim Matheson will join the Democratic Whip team in the next Congress. He will join the current Whip team that is staying in place. Rep. John Lewis will serve as our Senior Chief Deputy Whip, and our Chief Deputy Whips will continue to serve our caucus: Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Rep. Joe Crowley, Rep. Diana DeGette, Rep. Ed Pastor, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Rep. Maxine Waters.