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November 7, 2014
One year ago today, the United States Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act by a strong bipartisan vote of 64-32. 
September 17, 2014
As Thomas Jefferson, and those who wrote with him said, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident.’ What we have found throughout history is, it may be self-evident, but it is not self-executed. That is why this legislation is necessary.
July 23, 2014
I applaud the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on approving yesterday the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a critical treaty that would enshrine in international law America’s efforts to ban discrimination against people with disabilities.
July 23, 2014
This evening, the House is considering a series of important bills that will help combat the scourge of human trafficking. 
July 21, 2014
Last month, President Obama announced that he would be using his executive authority to prevent federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers in both hiring and employment, and today he has fulfilled that promise. 
July 2, 2014
When President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law, it was the culmination of a movement for equality and desegregation.
June 26, 2014
I think the President, if there is no action in the next few weeks, is going to be impelled by his moral responsibility to act himself.
June 26, 2014
Today, as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriages, let us pay tribute to all those who have stood up, marched, and spoken out for LGBT equality and pride. 
June 24, 2014
I was proud to stand with other Congressional leaders today as the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King were posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian honor.
June 20, 2014
Today’s report by the Justice Department further demonstrates the Obama Administration’s commitment to advancing equality for same-sex spouses and their families.
June 20, 2014
Fifty years ago, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were brutally murdered while trying to register African Americans to vote in Mississippi.
June 16, 2014
I applaud the President for his decision to pursue an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT Americans in hiring and employment. 
June 10, 2014
Fifty-one years ago today, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, landmark legislation that made it illegal for employers to pay women less than men for the same work. 
June 2, 2014
I am disappointed that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has invited Hamas, a terrorist organization responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent people, to join a new unity government. 
May 29, 2014
Good afternoon.  We are here at a moment both joyous and mournful.
May 20, 2014
The announcement of up to $50 million in humanitarian assistance pledged by the Obama Administration for refugees from South Sudan reaffirms our country’s commitment to the cause of peace, economic development, and human rights in the region and across the continent of Africa.
May 16, 2014
Sixty years ago tomorrow, the Supreme Court issued its historic, unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education, ending the shameful practice of legal segregation in schools throughout our country.
May 8, 2014
No one should doubt where Congress stands on the brutal kidnapping of nearly 300 girls and young women in Nigeria, but this resolution, which I am proud to cosponsor, will make it very clear that America remains committed to helping bring them home and ensuring that their plight will not fade from the world’s attention
May 6, 2014
I strongly condemn the recent kidnapping of more than 300 teenage girls in Nigeria.  Their abduction at the hands of extremists must not be met with silence or complacence on the part of the Nigerian government or the international community.
April 28, 2014
I join in observing Yom HaShoah today, a day of remembrance and reflection on the evils of genocide. 
April 11, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5), Gregory Meeks (NY-5), Danny Davis (IL-7), Peter Welch (VT), Steve Cohen (TN-9) and Bobby Rush (IL-1) to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.
March 31, 2014
“I join in marking the 87th anniversary of Cesar Chavez’s birth and celebrating his incredible life and legacy.
March 18, 2014
 House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined more than 175 Senators and Representatives on a letter to President Barack Obama calling on him to issue an executive order that would ban companies from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. 
March 7, 2014
“Today, we mark the 49th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday,’ when a march for equality and voting rights in Selma, Alabama, was met with violent suppression.