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April 9, 2014
“I’m pleased the Committee on Natural Resources passed this bipartisan legislation by unanimous consent today, bringing us one step closer to allowing construction of the National Law Enforcement Officers Museum to proceed. 
March 25, 2014
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) testified today before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation on H.R. 4120, legislation he cosponsored with Congressman Frank Wolf (VA), which would allow construction to proceed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Museum by extending authorization for the non-profit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).
February 28, 2014
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) today introduced H.R. 4120, which would allow construction to proceed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Museum by extending authorization for the non-profit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).
February 27, 2014
“It is a cold day in Washington and you are here to turn up the heat.
February 24, 2014
“I am pleased that the President is honoring the principle of pay parity in his FY2015 budget proposal by including a 1% pay increase for those who serve our nation in the military and our civilian federal workforce. 
February 11, 2014
“I am so pleased to be here. [Congressman] Keith Ellison was introduced as someone who was there in the heat, he was there in the rain, he was there today – a little warmer right now with the sun – but we’re going to be there.
December 5, 2013
“I stand in solidarity with AFGE and NTEU today - and with all those who serve in our nation’s federal workforce.
October 23, 2013
“We need to energize our federal employees all over this government. Shutting down the government made no sense, it penalized people who were not responsible for what [House Republicans] don’t like…. But I want to thank each and every one of you.
October 1, 2013
“Good afternoon. Of course as we all know, it is not a good afternoon. It is an afternoon filled with angst, anxiety, fear, doubt, lack of confidence, and a concern all over America about whether their government can and does work. I want to thank all of you for being here. I know you share all that anxiety and fear, for your families and for yourselves. We want to thank you for the service you give to our federal government.
August 6, 2013
“While it is disappointing that the Pentagon has had to impose furlough days for civilian defense workers, thanks to cost-saving efforts announced by the Pentagon today, the eleven furlough days employees had been expected to take have now been reduced to six. 
July 18, 2013
“I am pleased that the Senate took the important step today of confirming Tom Perez as our country’s next Secretary of Labor.  As our economic recovery continues, America’s workers will benefit from a Labor Department with the dynamic leadership I know Secretary Perez will bring.
July 8, 2013
“Starting today, as a result of Congress’s failure to achieve a big and balanced solution to deficits, our national security and military readiness will be weakened as civilian workers are prevented from carrying out their important work because of furloughs. 
June 4, 2013
“I am disappointed that House Republicans are once again asking Department of Veterans Affairs workers to forgo their annual cost-of-living adjustment for another year.
May 22, 2013
“I join in congratulating Dan Tangherlini on his nomination to serve as our next Administrator of the General Services Administration.
May 16, 2013
Today, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Congresswoman Linda Sánchez and 137 House Democrats in urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to confirm Tom Perez as the next Secretary of Labor.
April 12, 2013
“My good friend, John Berry, in his four years at the helm of the Office of Personnel Management, demonstrated outstanding leadership, much as he did when he served on my staff for ten years and was a principal architect of the Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act. 
April 11, 2013
"We gather this afternoon to pay tribute to a group of Americans whose dedication to public service knew no earthly bounds
February 8, 2013
I am pleased the Obama Administration is proposing to reestablish the principle of pay parity between military personnel and federal civilian employees, which is a recognition of the critical contributions that both groups make to the defense and well being of our nation. 
February 6, 2013
“I am extremely disappointed that once again Republicans are proposing to delay sequestration by solely targeting middle-class federal employees, rather than working with Democrats on a comprehensive solution to reduce the deficit and replace the sequester. These hard working Americans have already contributed $103 billion towards deficit reduction, yet Republicans continue to single them out and place the burden of deficit reduction solely on their shoulders. From defending our nation to promoting the safety and well-being of Americans, federal workers provide countless services to our country. It is simply unfair and unwise to target America’s public servants after they have already accepted a two-year pay freeze, an increased pension contribution, and a reduction and delay of a cost-of-living-adjustment this year.
January 16, 2013
“I am deeply disappointed that House Republicans once again will ask federal employees to give up their hard-earned pay because Congress cannot reach a balanced solution to deficits.  Already, middle-class federal workers have contributed $103 billion toward deficit reduction through pay freezes and changes to retirement benefits – while other groups have not been asked to contribute.  This is not the way to recruit and retain the top-notch federal workforce the American people deserve. 
January 1, 2013
“Today House Republicans continued their attack on hardworking federal employees by bringing to the Floor a bill that would extend the pay freeze on civilian federal employees for another year.  I strongly oppose such a move – which, fortunately, has no chance of passing the Senate –  because middle-class federal employees have already contributed nearly $90 billion toward deficit reduction through reduced pay and pension benefits at a time when other groups have not been asked to contribute. 
August 16, 2012
"I congratulate J. David Cox on his election as National President of the American Federation of Government Employees, and I thank outgoing President John Gage for his many years of service.  I have had the pleasure of working with J. David in his capacity as National Secretary-Treasurer for the past six years, and I know he will do an outstanding job in this new role. 
August 1, 2012
“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.
June 5, 2012
For over a quarter century, John Gage has dedicated his career to making sure that government employees can focus on working on behalf of Americans instead of having to worry about receiving the pay and benefits they have earned through their service.  As national president of the American Federation of Government Employees for the past nine years, John has been a tireless defender of our nation’s public servants during a time when they have been asked to do more with less.  Under his leadership, AFGE has continued to be a leading voice for the collective bargaining rights of all our workers in this country.  The son of a Pittsburgh steel worker and union member, John was raised among working families who saw organized labor not only as a means to defend rights but also to strengthen entire communities and help them achieve the American Dream. 
May 31, 2012
I am extremely disappointed that Republicans are asking federal employees to take a freeze in pay for a third year in a row.  Federal employees have already accepted two consecutive pay freezes with the knowledge that the savings would be applied toward meeting our nation’s fiscal challenges.  At the same time Republicans were asking federal employees to contribute, they refused to ask the same of millionaires and billionaires.