Press Releases

February 7, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after North Korea performed a launch using ballistic missile technology:
January 27, 2016
We believe that we are in this together.  Our Republican colleagues believe that each of us is on our own: no minimum wage, no healthcare, no rules to protect consumers.  The issues that we join at this conference and in the Congress are critically important. 
January 19, 2016
Today’s Budget and Economic Outlook summary from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) ought to be a reminder that there are real fiscal consequences to Congress not paying for what it buys.   Today’s new baseline shows a deficit that is going back up, a fact that CBO specifically notes was exacerbated by the unpaid-for tax cuts that Congress passed last month.  I voted against that bill precisely because it predicated today’s worsening deficit outlook.
January 19, 2016
I am encouraged that the Supreme Court has decided to hear an appeal of the Fifth Circuit’s ruling that continues to block implementation of the DAPA and expanded DACA programs launched by President Obama to keep immigrant families from being split apart.  As stated in the amicus brief that I was proud to file along with Rep. Zoe Lofgren and 215 other Members of the House and Senate in December, the President acted within his constitutional authority when he created these programs, and they ought to be implemented without delay.  I am confident that the Supreme Court will find that to be the case.  
January 16, 2016
"Bringing home American citizens who have been held captive overseas is one of the most sacred duties of our government, and I join in thanking President Obama and his diplomatic team for their unceasing efforts to secure the return of Jason Rezian, Amir Hekmati, Nosratollah Khosrawi-Roodsari, Saeed Abedini, and Matthew Trevithick from their unjust imprisonment in Iran. ...
January 12, 2016
“Tonight, President Obama reminded Congress and the nation that what makes America great is the spirit of service and hard work that manifests from realizing we are all bound together by a common cause. ...
January 12, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Reps. Luis Gutiérrez (IL-04), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) at a press conference today to discuss a letter sent to President Obama calling for an end to ICE raids. 
January 11, 2016
“I’m pleased to be bringing Mrs. Chestnut as my guest to the President’s State of the Union address,” said Whip Hoyer.
January 8, 2016
"I have had a long association with Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico, of course, is an integral part of the United States of America and its citizens are citizens of the United States of America. Like other jurisdictions who have from time to time, whether they be in California or New York or in the Midwest or the South or the North, have found themselves in deep fiscal trouble.
January 8, 2016
"Thank you very much Chairwoman Sánchez, and I want to thank particularly the Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus who have been tireless in educating not only the Members, but also the Administration on the extraordinarily adverse  consequences of the actions that have been taken over the last few weeks. 
January 8, 2016
As we begin the new year and the Second Session of the 114th Congress, newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan has an opportunity to turn the page on the bitter partisanship of the past few years and show that he is willing to work across the aisle to get things done for the American people.  The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that “House Speaker Paul Ryan starting this month will push to turn the chamber into a platform for ambitious Republican policy ideas.”  But evidence points to the contrary, with the first items on the House’s agenda for 2016 being the sixty-second vote to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, the eleventh vote to attack women’s health, and several bills that would undermine consumer safety, workplace safety, and environmental protections.  House Republican leaders know these bills will never become law, yet they continue to pander to the far right with political messaging bills instead of bringing substantive, bipartisan legislation to the Floor. It is also unfortunate that Speaker Ryan has already taken issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and an expansion of paid family and medical leave off of the table. 
January 7, 2016
The bipartisan legislation that Reps. Joe Kennedy and Ted Deutch introduced today in the House, along with the bill introduced by Reps. John Delaney and Kennedy, are important steps in the ongoing process of countering Iran’s aggression and blocking its support for terrorism.  The introduction of these bills should send a strong signal to hardliners in Iran that backing terror or pursuing ballistic missile technologies – activities outside the scope of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) but still in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions – will merit decisive action from the Congress and our global partners. 
January 7, 2016
Regardless of politics, we can all agree – as elected leaders in Washington and as an American community – that any armed takeover of public property is not acceptable and should end quickly and peacefully.
January 6, 2016
Mr. Speaker, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, and I quote: ‘House Speaker Paul Ryan starting this month will push to turn the chamber into a platform for ambitious Republican policy ideas.’  My friend Mr. Upton talked about policy ideas, but, Mr. Van Hollen correctly observed, they're not on this Floor.  You haven't brought them to this Floor.  All you've brought is a negative.  Bring a positive. That, presumably, is what your Speaker ought to be talking about.
January 6, 2016
"Today's apparent nuclear test by North Korea reminds the world precisely why the United States and its international partners must take a firm line against any attempts by radical regimes to pursue nuclear weapons. ...
January 5, 2016
I've had the pleasure of serving alongside Steve Israel for fifteen years, and I've come to know him as a good colleague and a friend.
January 5, 2016
I was proud to join an amicus brief filed in the Supreme Court today by 162 Members of the House and Senate urging the justices to continue safeguarding women’s constitutional right to reproductive health care options, as enshrined by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
January 5, 2016
“Today, recognizing that the federal government cannot do nothing while thousands of Americans – including many children – are killed by gun violence each year, President Obama used his legal authority to take bold executive actions that will help keep dangerous firearms out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them while supporting research into mental health and safer gun technologies.  
January 2, 2016
I am disappointed that the Administration has delayed punitive action in response to Iran’s recent ballistic missile tests.  
December 22, 2015
Five years ago, President Obama signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act into law, beginning a process that would eventually lead to the full integration of Americans in our Armed Forces without regard for their sexual orientation.
December 21, 2015
Throughout my years in Congress, I have worked with few people as capable, personable, or hardworking as Beth Moten. 
December 18, 2015
The omnibus bill was a win for the American people. 
December 17, 2015
I thank the Gentleman for yielding. The last Speaker – I have heard that speech in 1981, I heard it in 2001, I've heard it in 2003. The certainty of this bill is that we will explode further deficits and provide for disinvestment. That's the certainty of this bill, and I rise in strong opposition to it.