Press Releases: 2008

July 11, 2008
With the price of gas at $4.11 a gallon, President Bush insists on spreading blame, not finding solutions. He tells us that Democrats stand against increasing oil production here at home, but he couldn't be more wrong.
July 10, 2008
Phil Gramm, John McCain’s top economic advisor and a former Republican Senator, did us all a favor yesterday: He gave us a candid glimpse of Republicans’ economic mindset.
July 9, 2008
The Senate’s passage of this important legislation today is yet another example of what can happen when enough Republicans put the needs of their constituents before their party and join Democrats in making progress for the American people.
July 2, 2008
Forty-four years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, a milestone in the constant struggle for equality for all.
July 1, 2008
With today’s weakening economy putting pressure on the budgets of American families and tuition prices continuing to soar, the high cost of college remains a top concern for many Americans.
June 26, 2008
Earlier this week, the House passed the Medicare Improvements bill with overwhelming bipartisan support to ensure that seniors continue to have access to the care they need.
June 25, 2008
Every House Member agrees that we must prevent the alternative minimum tax (the AMT) from hitting millions of hard-working American families this year.
June 25, 2008
Seventy years ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Fair Labor Standards Act—a landmark piece of legislation that extended protections to millions of American workers and set the precedent for decades of Democratic efforts to uphold fairness in the workplace.
June 24, 2008
Again today, the House has taken decisive action on a critical issue facing the American people by passing this important legislation to stave off the 10.6 percent payment reduction for thousands of physicians in Medicare.
June 19, 2008
...legislation that would give federal employees four weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child...
June 19, 2008
The Emancipation Proclamation had been issued almost three years before; but it wasn’t until June 19, 1865 that news of freedom reached the slaves of Texas...
June 19, 2008
Legislation that would provide federal employees with four weeks of paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives today with a vote of 278-146...
June 19, 2008
WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following Floor statement regarding the supplemental appropriations bill. As prepared for delivery:
June 19, 2008
The FISA Amendments Act, H.R. 6304, will increase the nation’s security by strengthening the ability of the intelligence community to conduct lawful surveillance of terrorists, as well as protect constitutional rights by requiring warrants before the government can surveil any American.
June 18, 2008
I applaud the Committees on Judiciary and Education and Labor for reporting H.R. 3195, the ADA Amendments of 2008, in a strong bipartisan manner.
June 18, 2008
I am pleased that Chairman Obey, Chairman Rangel and I were able to work with Leader Boehner and others to come to an agreement on a supplemental that will provide for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as address important domestic needs.
June 17, 2008
It is stunning that Senate Republicans continue to stand in the way of this important legislation to extend tax relief to American businesses and families.
June 17, 2008
I want to thank Chairmen Conyers and Miller and Congressman Sensenbrenner, the former Chair of the Judiciary Committee, for their commitment and leadership on this important legislation.
June 17, 2008
House passage today of legislation they have sponsored to grant a Federal Charter to the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA), one of the few veterans’ service organizations of its size that has not been recognized with the prestigious classification...
June 12, 2008
Today’s decision represents yet another rebuke of the Administration’s deeply legally flawed process of detaining and trying enemy combatants.
June 12, 2008
I am very pleased that the House has voted overwhelmingly, and in a bipartisan way, to extend unemployment insurance benefits to millions of hard-working Americans who are struggling to make ends meet in the Bush economy.
June 12, 2008
Make no mistake: House Democrats are absolutely committed to enacting this legislation to extend tax relief to American businesses and families without increasing the deficit.
June 11, 2008
While I’m very pleased that 49 House Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic caucus in voting to extend unemployment benefits today, I’m disappointed that we did not pick up more Republican support, and that this bill failed to pass as a suspension.
June 11, 2008
Mr. Speaker, for the last seven and one-half years, the President and members of his Administration have claimed that the American economy is doing just fine.