Press Releases

November 21, 2016
When Congress first passed the legislation that would become known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and in subsequent reauthorizations, the intent of lawmakers was clear: that students with disabilities deserve a meaningful and material education benefit, not just a bare minimum of effort from school districts.  
November 19, 2016
I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Rep. Danny Davis' grandson, Jovan Wilson. 
November 18, 2016
President-Elect Trump’s nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General of the United States will demand the same rigorous scrutiny that was brought to bear by the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986, when it rejected his nomination for a federal district judgeship.  
November 18, 2016
With each appointment made by the President-Elect, my grave concern about his presidency increases.  
November 16, 2016
Last week’s election demonstrated the extent to which Americans are deeply frustrated by and distrustful of our government institutions, and the anxiety they feel over a changing economy that they believe has left them behind. 
November 15, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives this afternoon in support of bipartisan legislation to extend the Iran Sanctions Act. 
November 14, 2016
I was deeply saddened to learn of Gwen Ifill’s passing today.  
November 14, 2016
Donald Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon to a senior position at the White House is deeply disturbing. 
November 11, 2016
Today, I join in marking Veterans Day, a time to pay tribute to the men and women who have served our nation in uniform and honor the many sacrifices they have made. 
November 4, 2016
I am deeply concerned by the findings of the investigation into the failure of UN peacekeeping forces to respond to calls for help during a horrific attack against civilians and aid workers at the Terrain Hotel in Juba. 
November 4, 2016
Over the past eight years, we've seen our economy go from losing hundreds of thousands of jobs a month to a historic turnaround with more than six years of consecutive job growth."Over the past eight years, we've seen our economy go from losing hundreds of thousands of jobs a month to a historic turnaround with more than six years of consecutive job growth.  According to the report released this morning, the month of October continued that trend, with 142,000 private sector jobs added and the unemployment rate dropping to 4.9%. Our recovery has been strong, but its benefits must be felt more widely before we can truly move the American economy from recovery to resurgence.  Unless Congress plays a constructive role, that won't happen.  "While the private sector was working hard to surge back, this Republican-led Congress did just about everything to stand in its way.  One manufactured crisis after another brought dangerous uncertainty that has held back private sector investment in expanding businesses and hiring more workers.  And as our economy has recovered, this Republican-led Congress has failed to address the uneven nature of our recovery, in which working families and the middle class have not experienced the growth in wages and opportunities that they have earned.  "That's why House Democrats will continue to promote policies that encourage private sector growth that creates good jobs.  Through our Make It In America plan and our proposals to raise the minimum wage, ensure equal pay for women, and bring down the cost of higher education, we aim to put the full measure of the American Dream within reach for all who work hard in our economy.  Because everyone who works hard deserves not just to scrape by but to get ahead. "If entrusted with the Majority next year, we will bring an end to the manufactured crises and constant gridlock that has prevented Congress from being a full partner with the private sector in creating jobs and opportunity.  We must not turn the clock back to recession but continue moving our country forward.  House Democrats are ready to do so by working tirelessly on behalf of working families and the middle class."  
November 2, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) today joined the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Reps. Edward R. Royce and Eliot L. Engel, respectively, along with 30 other Members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry to express their grave concerns about the worsening situation in Sudan.   
November 1, 2016
Starting today, Americans can browse affordable health insurance plans and sign up for coverage through the health insurance marketplaces. "Starting today, Americans can browse affordable health insurance plans and sign up for coverage through the health insurance marketplaces. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more Americans than ever before are able to purchase insurance coverage, and most consumers can still find plans with premiums of less than $75 a month. The law has also put an end to legal discrimination by insurance companies against women and those with pre-existing conditions, and those under the age of twenty-six can remain covered through their parents' plans.  "Congress must continue working to improve the Affordable Care Act to bring costs down and raise the quality of care. The recent news of double-digit increases in premiums for some covered through the marketplaces was alarming, and Democrats are ready to sit down with Republicans to reach bipartisan solutions. But we can't turn back the clock, as some Republicans would prefer, and return to the days when millions more were unable to afford insurance and when consumers could lose their coverage when they became sick. Democrats will continue to stand up to those who wish to repeal or undermine health care reform rather than working to improve upon it.  "For those who are not yet covered or wish to shop around for a better plan, visiting www.HealthCare.gov is a great way to get started. Consumers can also use the site to see whether they are eligible for tax credits to help them afford coverage – even if they were not eligible in previous years, they might be eligible for 2017. One can also access information and purchase coverage by calling 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). The deadline to sign up for coverage that begins January 1 is December 15, and the last day to enroll for coverage in 2017 is January 31. I encourage everyone to explore their options and get covered." 
October 26, 2016
"Today, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee passed a resolution denying the Jewish and Christian heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem, reaffirming the worst perceptions of the UN as allowing anti-Israel activism. 
October 17, 2016
The report released on Friday by the Treasury Department demonstrates both the enormous progress made under President Obama to bring deficits down as well as the significant challenges that still remain to achieve fiscal sustainability. 
October 13, 2016
The news today that Boko Haram has released 21 of the more than 200 school girls kidnapped over two years ago would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of advocates from around the world, including Rep. Frederica Wilson. 
October 10, 2016
This weekend's attack on innocent Israeli civilians in Jerusalem was a reprehensible act of terror.  This weekend's attack on innocent Israeli civilians in Jerusalem was a reprehensible act of terror.  Palestinian leaders need to stop the incitement that leads to such attacks, including cessation of incitement against Israelis and, in the case of Fatah leadership, actually praising the attack.  The United States Congress will continue to stand together in strong bipartisan support for Israel's security as it seeks the secure peace its people deserve." 
October 7, 2016
I am shocked and outraged that the Syrian regime and Russian forces continue to attack civilian targets indiscriminately in Aleppo. 
October 7, 2016
As we recognize National Manufacturing Day, we have an opportunity to recognize the great strides the American manufacturing industry has made in recovering since the Great Recession.
October 7, 2016
The Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning demonstrates that the solid pace of our jobs recovery is continuing, with September marking six years of continual job growth. 
October 2, 2016
I join in wishing a sweet and joyous new year to all those gathering tonight with family and friends across America, in Israel, and around the world to celebrate Rosh Hashanah.  
September 29, 2016
The alleged use of chemical weapons by Sudanese government forces against civilians in Darfur, as reported by Amnesty International, is a heinous and reprehensible violation of international law and human rights.  
September 29, 2016
Tomorrow, I will join friends, colleagues, and leaders from the United States and around the world to bid farewell to a visionary who fought as hard for a future of peace as he did to defend his nation from war and terror.