Press Releases

August 5, 2013
“As we mark the twentieth anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 taking effect, it is important to recognize how American workers and their families have benefitted from this law.
August 2, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today on how little the Republican Leadership has accomplished before adjourning for the month of August.  Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery and a link to the video:
August 2, 2013
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) will serve as the senior Member of a group of 37 House Democrats visiting Israel and the West Bank from August 5th to 11th to learn more about issues critical to the U.S.-Israel relationship and international security.
August 2, 2013
“This morning’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that our economy added 161,000 private sector jobs in July and that the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since 2008 is encouraging news.  Our economy continues to add jobs, but Congress must do more to achieve the level of growth necessary to put every American still seeking employment back to work.
August 1, 2013
“Once again, Republicans have succeeded at taking a bad bill and making it worse.  I am very disappointed by reports that Republican leaders are planning to seek a $40 billion cut to nutrition assistance that helps the most vulnerable in our communities stave off hunger and poverty.  
August 1, 2013
“I was deeply disappointed to see that Senate Republicans voted nearly unanimously to block consideration of the Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill today, even while a bipartisan majority of senators voted to move forward with the bill.
August 1, 2013
“Well, certainly the strategy has been, and continues to be, to focus on the creation of jobs. We believe that's the number one priority of Americans. We believe it ought to be the number one priority of the Congress, and clearly, as you've seen in recent weeks -- but frankly through the last four and a half years -- it's been the number one priority of the President of the United States. The creation of jobs is critical if we're going to get the country to where it needs to be. In order to do that, we need to invest in education and infrastructure and innovation and we need to have a fiscally responsible policy.”
August 1, 2013
“Thank you all for being here. You see our logos, of course, which you’ve seen now for years, about Make It In America. I’m pleased to be joined by my colleagues who are introducing or explaining eight of our Make It In America bills. We’ll be talking a lot about Make It In America during the August break.
August 1, 2013
"Today's report from the Institute for Supply Management, which shows that our manufacturing sector growth accelerated in July, is further proof that America has what it takes to revitalize and sustain a strong manufacturing base.
July 31, 2013
“I am pleased that Democrats and Republicans in the House were able to come together today to pass the Senate’s bipartisan compromise that will keep student loan interest rates low for borrowers. 
July 31, 2013
"Thank you very much Madam Leader. As all of you would expect, we talked about a variety of issues. What the President brought every issue to [is] how it impacted on expanding the middle class and growing jobs.
July 31, 2013
“The report this morning by the Bureau of Economic Analysis that our economy grew by 1.7% last quarter is encouraging news.  In spite of uncertainty caused by Congress’s failure to provide clear direction in fiscal and economic policy – and the ongoing sequester that exacerbates that uncertainty – America’s businesses, workers, and entrepreneurs continue to show the resilience of our economy.  But we must do more to help turn resilience into prosperity. 
July 30, 2013
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) praised the House of Representatives Office of the Law Revision Counsel (OLRC) for their announcement today on completing the significant task of compiling the entire Unites States Code of Laws in structured XML for the first time and dynamically publishing the code via bulk download.   
July 30, 2013
“In his speech today in Chattanooga, President Obama reiterated his commitment to creating jobs that pay well and provide the opportunities that sustain a strong and growing middle class.  I am glad he made a point of noting how critical our manufacturing sector is when it comes to achieving this goal – and how for the first time since the 1990’s, America’s manufacturing sector is growing. 
July 30, 2013
“For the past forty-eight years, Medicare has enabled America’s seniors to live without the fear of being unable to access or afford quality health care.  Democrats have proudly stood up in defense of Medicare and worked to improve it for generations to come.
July 29, 2013
“Fifty-five years ago, Americans dared to set their sights beyond the bounds of Earth to explore the mysteries of space and the origins of our universe.  During the time since NASA’s founding, we landed Americans on the moon and brought them safely home, launched satellites into orbit that study our planet and facilitate global communications, and made the exploration of space an avenue for the peaceful collaboration between nations.
July 26, 2013
"It is unfortunate that the Republican Majority has decided to waste the American people’s time by scheduling another vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This will be the 40th such vote since health reform was enacted and began the process of slowing the growth of health care spending, ending insurance company discrimination against women and those with pre-existing conditions, and establishing health insurance exchanges to offer consumers a range of affordable choices for quality coverage plans. 
July 26, 2013
“Sixty years ago tomorrow, fighting on the Korean peninsula ended with an armistice that brought to a close a brief but poignant chapter in our history in which American troops and our allies once again stood in defense of democracy and freedom.
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 24, 2013
“I am encouraged that the Senate has adopted a bipartisan compromise that will keep student loan interest rates low.  Education has always been a pathway to opportunities in our country, and we must make sure that those students who work hard to reach college can afford to attend.
July 24, 2013
“Today’s remarks by the President underscore both the enormous progress we have made over the past four years toward economic recovery as well as how much more work remains in order to restore economic security for the middle class and those striving to reach the middle class.  While our markets are doing well, jobs are being created each month, and the housing market is in recovery, too many Americans remain out of work, and many middle-class families are still struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living. 
July 22, 2013
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) announced the winners of the 2013 Member Online All-Star Competition today. See below for the list of Members, Committees, and Caucuses that have been named 2013 Online All-Stars.
July 19, 2013
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today introduced a resolution calling for Congress and President Obama to fill the vacancies on the Election Assistance Commission, a bipartisan board that provides advice and counsel to states on best practices to carry out their elections and critical assistance to local election officials. 
July 19, 2013
“We ought to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – but do it in a way that helps more children succeed in school and graduate prepared for college or a career.   However, instead of promoting student success, this bill will leave more children behind – and it will leave our economy behind as well by undermining our ability to train and secure a highly skilled and competitive workforce for the twenty-first century.