Issue Reports

June 13, 2016
To Make It In America, we must:
June 7, 2016
This week, Speaker Ryan and House Republicans are beginning to unveil piece of their policy platform, which they call “A Better Way.” The first plank of Speaker Ryan’s agenda is supposed to address poverty, but the plan is just another attempt to rebrand policies that House Republicans have put forward in the past and that we know won’t lift Americans out of poverty.
May 24, 2016
Last week, House Republicans voted twice to allow discrimination against LGBT Americans.  
May 18, 2016
Three months ago, President Obama requested $1.9 billion in an emergency supplemental appropriation to prepare for and contain the spread of the Zika virus. Instead of responding quickly and working with the Obama Administration, House Republicans have ignored this growing public health crisis for months. 
May 17, 2016
This week, the House of Representatives will consider the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017. 
May 10, 2016
For months, House Republican leadership has struggled with deep divisions and dysfunction within their Conference, preventing Congress from acting on a number of serious public health crises. 
April 27, 2016
Since taking the Speaker’s gavel last fall, Speaker Paul Ryan has discussed the need to build a more “Confident America.” Yet six months into his Speakership, Speaker Ryan continues to struggle with deep divisions and dysfunction within his Conference, preventing the House from getting anything done for the American people, including passing a budget. 
April 26, 2016
Earlier this month, Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer introduced H.R. 4897, the Information Technology Modernization Act. The bill will create an Information Technology Modernization Fund, an innovative way to upgrade and modernize government IT systems while strengthening cybersecurity.
April 19, 2016
Puerto Rico, home to 3.5 million Americans, will default on $422 million worth of debt on May 1 unless Congress acts to allow the territory to restructure its debt. 
April 12, 2016
On Monday, Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer introduced H.R. 4897, the Information Technology Modernization Act, legislation that was sent to Congress by the White House on Friday, April 8. 
March 22, 2016
Last week, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Despite being well-qualified and highly regarded within the legal community, Senate Republicans have refused to hold a confirmation hearing or an up-or-down vote on Judge Garland. In fact, they won’t even meet with him.  
March 15, 2016
Last month, Speaker Paul Ryan announced the formation of the House Republican Task Force on Poverty, three years after Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and Congresswoman Barbara Lee formed the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity. 
March 14, 2016
This week, Speaker Ryan continues to struggle with deep divisions in his party over a path forward on a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2017. 
March 1, 2016
For years, Republicans have consistently said that Congress has a fundamental responsibility to pass a budget.
February 23, 2016
Speaker Paul Ryan has made passing a Fiscal Year 2017 Budget a top priority, calling on Members of his party to unify around a budget resolution. But so far, he hasn’t had much success. 
February 9, 2016
Today, President Obama unveiled his budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which reduces the deficit and puts debt on a sustainable path while laying out a vision for how we can give every American a fair shot at economic security; accelerate American innovation; and keep Americans safe.
February 2, 2016
Today is Groundhog Day, and House Republicans are once again wasting time and taxpayer dollars on political messaging bills that are going nowhere.
January 12, 2016
As President Obama prepares to deliver his last State of the Union address, here’s a look at the progress we have made over the past seven years:
January 5, 2016
As we begin the second session of the 114th Congress, there are a number of critical issues the American people expect to see Congress address.
December 15, 2015
As 2015 comes to a close, take a by-the-numbers look at another year in the Republican-led Do-Nothing-Congress:
December 2, 2015
Today the House will consider the Every Student Succeeds Act Conference Report, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. 
November 3, 2015
For the past five years, the House has been governed by a deeply divided and dysfunctional Republican Party. 
October 26, 2015
Today, Members in the House will begin the process of forcing a vote to reopen the Export-Import Bank after House Republicans shut it down this summer, putting thousands of U.S. jobs and America’s economic competitiveness at risk.
October 21, 2015
Last week, the Treasury Department announced that extraordinary measures employed to avoid a default on our debt will be exhausted on November 3, but instead of taking action to ensure America pays its bills, House Republicans are bringing an irresponsible bill to the Floor that plans for a default by paying foreign bondholders before other obligations.