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August 26, 2014
Ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which took place ninety-four years ago today and recognized women’s right to vote, represented the culmination of a decades-long struggle for equal suffrage.
August 5, 2014
I was very saddened to learn of the passing of former White House Press Secretary James Brady yesterday. 
July 28, 2014
As the world marks the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War today, I join in remembering the service and sacrifices of so many American military personnel who answered the call to fight on distant shores in defense of democracy and values we hold dear.  
July 24, 2014
I want to thank all of you for being here. Robert [Hiltonsmith, Policy Analyst at Demos], I want to thank you for being here as well. Our nation has always stood for the basic principle that if you work hard and take responsibility you ought to be able to make a decent living, get paid a fair wage for your labor, and have access to opportunities that enable you to secure a place in our middle class. I said that was our principle, but it is not always our reality.
July 21, 2014
"I'm pleased to announce this year's Online All-Stars, who led House Democrats in acquiring over 213,000 new followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube," stated Whip Hoyer...
July 20, 2014
Forty-five years ago, Neil Armstrong, Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, and Michael Collins achieved President Kennedy’s dream of a successful mission to land astronauts on the moon.
July 1, 2014
I’m pleased to announce the beginning of House Democrats’ fifth annual Online All-Star Competition, which encourages Members of the Democratic Caucus to strengthen online engagement with our constituents.
June 26, 2014
I join in congratulating President Shimon Peres of Israel on being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal today.
June 19, 2014
I join in congratulating Rep. Kevin McCarthy on his election as Majority Leader.
June 19, 2014
I join in marking the 149th Juneteenth and in celebrating the joyous news of emancipation received by those who had been held brutally and unjustly in bondage as a result of slavery in America.
June 6, 2014
Seventy years ago today, over 150,000 American, British, Canadian, and Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy to begin the liberation of Continental Europe from Nazi occupation.
May 30, 2014
Sunday begins LGBT Pride Month, a time not only to celebrate how far we have come toward achieving the goal of equality for all but also for remembering how much work remains and rededicating ourselves to the task.
May 29, 2014
Gun violence is a problem Congress cannot ignore, and I am encouraged that Democrats and Republicans were able to come together today to pass an amendment offered by Rep. Mike Thompson that increases the funding available to states to maintain accurate and up-to-date records used in background checks.
May 28, 2014
I join in mourning Maya Angelou's passing and in celebrating her extraordinary life as a poet, author, Civil Rights activist, actor, musician, and teacher.
April 10, 2014
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) released the following statement tonight on the departure of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next Secretary...
March 4, 2014
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today announced the hiring of two new members of his staff. 
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).
November 22, 2013
Fifty years ago today, while working as an intern to Maryland Senator David Brewster, I was coming down the steps of the U.S. Capitol when I was stopped by an officer of the U.S. Capitol Police who said: ‘Have you heard?  The President’s been shot.’  I will never forget that moment – as I know so many Americans will always remember where they were on the day President John F. Kennedy was taken from us. 
November 8, 2013
“I join in remembering the horrific Nazi pogrom of Kristallnacht seventy-five years ago.  The destruction and hate-driven murder that occurred over two days marked a turning point toward a horrific genocide whose pain continues to be felt by all those throughout the world who believe in justice. 
October 28, 2013
"I was very saddened to learn of the passing of my friend, Ike Skelton.  He was an extraordinary American, and I had the privilege of serving alongside him in Congress for nearly thirty years, where I saw his compassion, his humility, and his deep-rooted Missouri values up close. 
September 16, 2013
“My thoughts are with the victims and the families who lost loved-ones in today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.  Many of those who serve there in military and civilian roles live in my district, and while we do not yet know all the details about who carried out this terrible shooting, there is no doubt that it has shaken the Navy, the greater Washington D.C. community, and our nation as a whole.   
September 11, 2013
“Though twelve years have now passed since that tragic day on which we were attacked, the pain and heartbreak of September 11, 2001, will never be forgotten.  For the loved ones of victims and for those who survived, this anniversary marks a solemn moment to remember the lives lost and lives changed forever.
September 9, 2013
“I join in wishing Ben Jealous well as he prepares to step down at the end of the year as President of the NAACP, our nation’s oldest and most highly respected civil rights advocacy organization
September 4, 2013
“I join in extending my wishes for a sweet and happy New Year to all who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah.
July 26, 2013
“For twenty-three years, the Americans with Disabilities Act has been opening doors for tens of millions of Americans, and I was proud to have played a leading role in moving it through Congress in 1990.  For too long, people with disabilities had been denied the equal opportunity to participate fully in our society – both as the result of discrimination and a lack of accessibility in both public and private spaces.  Thanks to this historic legislation, barriers to access are disappearing along with misguided attitudes about people with disabilities and their potential to contribute to their communities and to our country.