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August 28, 2013
“Fifty years ago today, hundreds of thousands of Americans from all walks of life assembled on the National Mall to call for jobs, freedom, and full equality for all the people of our land.
August 24, 2013
“Fifty years ago, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood here and put into mighty words the hopes, the dreams, the frustrations of millions of Americans, black and white, that the people of this land were not yet fully free – and that none could enjoy the promise of our democracy until all could enjoy it.
August 12, 2013
“The Attorney General’s announcement today of new guidelines for prosecutors to help reduce incarceration of non-violent, low-level drug offenders is an important step toward achieving the Administration’s goal of identifying reforms that will ensure that federal laws are enforced more fairly and efficiently.
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. 
July 19, 2013
“I join in marking 45 years since the first Special Olympics were held at Chicago’s Soldier Field in 1968.  Originally the vision of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and taking inspiration from the summer camps she and her family ran at their home starting in 1962, the Special Olympics movement has brought dignity and opportunity to people with intellectual disabilities throughout the country and around the world. 
July 18, 2013
“To build and sustain a strong middle class, we must take steps to empower women as leaders and full participants in our economy.  America’s success depends on economic security for every family and individual, especially women who serve not only as primary caregivers, but increasingly as primary breadwinners.  
July 18, 2013
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Speaker John Boehner, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and leaders from both the House and Senate this morning at a ceremony in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.
July 10, 2013
“I am pleased that the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act today by a strong bipartisan vote of 15-7. 
June 26, 2013
I am proud to join Rep. Nadler in introducing the House version of the Respect for Marriage Act today.
June 26, 2013
"Thank you, Madam Leader. As disappointed as I was yesterday, I am happy today. Today the court stood up for the principles of America of equal justice under law.
June 26, 2013
“’We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’
June 24, 2013
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) participated in the third annual NOH8 On The Hill event, joining nearly 70 Members of Congress in posing for a portrait to show his support for marriage equality.
June 19, 2013
“Today, I was proud to witness Congress install a permanent tribute to a great American and great son of Maryland, Frederick Douglass.  The statue dedicated in his honor – like Douglass, tall, poised, and carrying the moral weight of a survivor-turned-crusader for freedom and justice – will not only stand as a memorial to his courage and the unwavering strength of his character. 
June 19, 2013
“148 years ago, on June 19th, slaves in Galveston, Texas, received word from Union Soldiers that they were free - more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
June 18, 2013
“I am deeply disappointed that Republicans once again spent time debating and voting on a bill to restrict women’s access to health care when they continue to block the consideration of bills that would invest in creating jobs and replace the sequester with a balanced alternative.
June 12, 2013
“In marking the fiftieth anniversary of the horrific murder of Medgar Evers, we recall the heroism of his fight against inequality and remember his important contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. 
June 10, 2013
“Today, as we mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act, let us take note of how far our nation has come in opening the doors of opportunity to women, while also recognizing the work that still lies ahead.  
May 31, 2013
This year, as we mark LGBT Pride Month in June, there is much to be proud of when it comes to the march for equality for all Americans. 
May 23, 2013
Today, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA) introduced the "Half-in-Ten" Act of 2013 that would establish the Federal Interagency Working Group on Reducing Poverty, which will develop and implement a national strategy to reduce poverty by half in ten years, as well as provide regular reports on their progress to Congress.
May 23, 2013
“Thank you, Congresswoman Lee.  I appreciate your leadership on the issue of combating poverty in our country and for chairing the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.
April 23, 2013
Let me start by thanking the National Council on Disability for everything it does to educate the Congress, the President, federal agencies, and state and local governments on policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.
April 22, 2013
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), together with Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity Chair Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA), sent the following letter today to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, and on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.
April 17, 2013
“Like 90% of Americans, I am disappointed that the Senate could not adopt a reasonable, bipartisan compromise to close loopholes in federal background check laws, despite the fact that it received a majority of votes.  
April 10, 2013
"Thank you so much. I am humbled and honored by this award.  Few awards are as meaningful as for work done to protect our children and expand the opportunities they deserve to succeed in life.