Press Releases

July 23, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today urged Republicans to immediately accede to Senate-passed legislation to accelerate the child tax credit for millions of working American families and their children, as Democrats engaged in a series of procedural tactics on the House Floor designed to force the GOP to act on this important tax legislation before adjourning for the August District Work Period on Friday...
July 18, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement at the Kick Off for Democrats’ National Day of Prescription Drug Town Hall Meetings (Saturday, July 19th), on which over 70 members in 27 states will hold town hall meetings with seniors in their districts...
July 18, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) released the following statement this afternoon after Rep. Bill Thomas (R-CA), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, called the Capitol Police and ordered officers to remove Ways and Means Democrats from a Committee library in the Longworth House Office Building...
July 17, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on the Slaughter-Shays-Dicks-Leach Amendment to fiscal year 2004 Interior Appropriations Bill...
July 16, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement tonight after the House Republican leadership pulled the “School Readiness Act of 2003" (H.R. 2210), which reauthorized the Head Start program, from consideration on the House Floor this week...
July 16, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD), Education Committee Ranking Democrat Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Education Reform Subcommittee Ranking Democrat Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Education Committee Members Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ), Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) along with children who participate in Head Start, today held a press conference to criticize the Republican bill to dismantle and undermine the hugely successful Head Start program. The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery...
July 15, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to news reports that the budget deficit for fiscal year 2003 is expected to exceed $450 billion dollars according to White House estimates, which is 50 percent higher than the Administration’s forecast 5 months ago and nearly $50 billion more than economists anticipated just last week...
July 15, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) spoke today on the House Floor in opposition to the Smith/Hyde amendment to strip the Crowley amendment from the State Department Authorization bill (H.R. 1950), which reinstated desperately needed funding to the United Nations Population Fund. The funding is crucial for health care and education to improve the health of women and their families, and to address rapid population growth...
July 14, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning announcing his support for free trade agreements with Chile and Singapore...
July 14, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in support of the Democratic Motion to Instruct Conferees on the Medicare Prescription Drug Bill. The motion would instruct conferees to support the Senate-passed provision requiring a federal “fallback” prescription drug benefit to protect all seniors, and reject turning Medicare into an expensive, undependable voucher program...
July 10, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) assailed the House Republican cuts to education and America’s schools on the House floor today. Breaking promises, Republicans removed needed funding for essential programs such as Title I, No Child Left Behind, health and science research, and job training. The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery...
July 10, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement today regarding a report by the Office of Personnel Management on cash bonuses awarded to political appointees by the White House. Mr. Hoyer requested the report 8 months ago, on December 10, 2002. The report details, by agency, the number of political appointees who are eligible to receive cash award and the average salaries of those employees; a list, by agency, of the number of political appointees who received within -grade increases in 2002; and a list, by agency, of the numbers and amounts of cash awards granted to political appointees during that same period...
July 9, 2003
WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement today after the House passed the fiscal year 2004 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill...
July 7, 2003
WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD), released the following statement today in response to President Bush’s visit to Highland Park Elementary School in Landover, Maryland. The House Republican Head Start plan, endorsed by the President, would turn a successful, federal-to-local program into a state-led experiment on low-income children...
July 3, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning after the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent in June and the economy lost 30,000 jobs last month...
June 26, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD), Democratic members, and senior advocacy groups today attacked the controversial and complicated House Republican Medicare plan, which will force seniors to leave doctors they trust and will not guarantee benefits or premiums. The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery...
June 26, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after House Democrats succeeded in collecting 200 signatures on a “discharge petition” on the “Retired Pay Restoration Act of 2003" (H.R. 303)...
June 26, 2003
WASHINGTON – The House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment today to the fiscal year 2004 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill, which was offered by House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) to require the Architect of the Capital (AOC) to act immediately to provide basic worker benefits to ‘temporary’ workers...
June 25, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer organized 160 House Democrats...
June 25, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today following the Full Appropriations Committee Markup of the Fiscal Year 2004 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill, which contained $15 million total for election reform disability programs including State Access Grants ($13 million) and Protection and Advocacy programs ($2 million)...
June 24, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD), along with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), other Democratic House members, and Frank Clemente of Public Citizen today announced the results of a study by Public Citizen which demonstrates how the complicated Republican plan to provide prescription drug coverage through private insurance plans could leave America’s seniors, especially rural seniors, with NO coverage...
June 24, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement today in support of the Obey amendment that would have added roughly $1 billion to the Fiscal Year 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations bill for key security vulnerabilities by slightly decreasing the amount the tax cut people making over $1 million a year would receive. The 200,000 people with incomes over $1 million would have their 2004 tax cut reduced from $88,326 to $83,326. The FY04 Homeland Security bill is expected to pass the House today...
June 23, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Supreme Court ruling upholding the University of Michigan Law School’s admissions process that permits race to be taken into consideration as one factor among many when selecting incoming students...
June 19, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC – As the House readied to adjourn until Monday, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the Republican Party’s failure to act this week on extending the child tax credit increase to 12 million children of working and military families. A unified House Democratic Caucus also used various parliamentary procedures on the House Floor this week to try to pass the Senate passed child tax credit expansion bill and send it straight to the President. Republicans blocked every attempt...
June 19, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the House Republican prescription drug bill that is expected to be approved by the two committees of jurisdiction by the end of this week (Ways and Means on Tuesday and Energy and Commerce today)...