Press Releases

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)...
June 19, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD), a senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, released the following statement today at the subcommittee markup of the fiscal year 2004 funding bill...
June 18, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today on the House Floor in opposition to H.R. 8 and in support of the Pomeroy substitute to reform the estate tax (as prepared for delivery)...
June 17, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, a leader in the House of Representatives on federal employee issues, released the following statement today regarding Senator Collins’s bill to reform the Department of Defense personnel system which was marked up in committee today...
June 17, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this afternoon in support of the Democratic substitute to H.R. 8, Republican legislation that would permanently repeal the estate tax. Representative Earl Pomeroy (ND) introduced the substitute earlier today at a press conference with Bill Gates, Sr. H.R. 8 will be considered on the House Floor on Wednesday...
June 12, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today following the House vote on the “motion to instruct conferees” (a non-binding motion that tells House members of the House-Senate conference committee how to work out differences between House and Senate bills) on the child tax credit bill. The motion instructed House conferees to report out the Senate bill, effectively adopting the Democratic position of dropping the House bill in favor of the Senate bill...
June 11, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding efforts to defeat the rule that will allow the child credit tax ploy unveiled last night by Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas to be considered on the House Floor on Thursday as expected, if the rule does not allow for consideration of the Senate passed bill. If the rule is defeated, House proponents of the bipartisan Senate bill to expand the child tax credit increase to include low-income working families will bring that bill to the Floor, quickly pass it and immediately send it to the President to become law...
June 10, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today concerning the Bush Administration’s failure to fund the “No Child Left Behind Act”...
June 10, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this evening in response to the House Republican child tax credit bill released late today:
June 6, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s announcement that the nation’s unemployment rate continued to climb upwards to 6.1 percent, the highest unemployment rate in 9 years. The country has lost 3.1 million jobs under President Bush, the worst job creation performance of any president in recent history...
June 5, 2003
WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Representative Tom Udall (D-NM) and four other members of Congress sent a letter to Director-Designee of the Office of Management and Budget, Josh Bolton, today criticizing administration plans to hire private contractors at America's national parks and make it harder for federal employees to compete for their jobs.
June 4, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the Greenwood-Hoyer-Johnson substitute to the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban that is being debated on the House Floor. The statement is as prepared for delivery on the House Floor...
June 4, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) joined Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Rodney Alexander (D-LA) and other Democratic Members of Congress in introducing legislation to expand the refundable portion of the child tax credit that the Republican Leadership chose to leave out of their tax plan. This bill serves as companion legislation to Sen. Blanche Lincoln's (D-AK) Child Tax Bill and will speed efforts to provide the tax credit to more working families...
June 4, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the GOP leadership announced that it would not consider the misnamed “Family Time Flexibility Act” (H.R. 1119) - otherwise known as “Comp Time” - on the Floor on Thursday, as originally scheduled...
June 3, 2003
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and members of the Democratic Caucus today announced that they would introduce legislation to counter the Republican tax bill, which excluded millions of working families from tax relief in the form of a child tax credit. The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery...