Press Releases

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 25, 2013
“Today’s confirmation of Penny Pritzker as our new Secretary of Commerce is welcome news for America’s businesses and entrepreneurs.  With a strong record  of leadership in the private sector and experience serving the Administration as an advisor to the President on jobs and competitiveness, she brings a wealth of talent and expertise to her new position, which will benefit the President’s ongoing efforts to help American businesses grow and access a range of opportunities in financing, export assistance, and market access. 
June 25, 2013
“I join in marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of the enactment of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, a core component of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal that standardized the forty-hour workweek, guaranteed ‘time-and-a-half’ overtime pay, and established the first federal minimum wage. 
June 25, 2013
“Today’s ruling is a disappointing blow to voting rights in America and will have a real impact on voters.
June 25, 2013
“As Americans have witnessed the increasing frequency of deadly storms like Hurricane Sandy and the stifling heat that has led to devastating droughts, there can be no denying the impact of climate change on our environment, our economy, and our national security. 
June 25, 2013
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling is extremely disappointing. For many years, I and others have traveled with civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis to Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the historic 1965 march for voting rights and reflect on the need for the Voting Rights Act and its continued importance today.
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 20, 2013
“I think [the market today] says a lot about uncertainty. We still have … a federal government, Congress of the United States, that is not giving certainty and confidence to the economy that we're going to be on a fiscally-sustainable, stable path, that we’re going to come to compromise, whatever the bills might be, whatever the policies might be, that we will overcome gridlock
June 20, 2013
"It has been 91 days since the House passed its budget, but Speaker Boehner has yet to follow regular order by appointing conferees.  Only then can negotiations with the Senate on a final version begin in earnest.  A budget conference is the best shot at reaching a compromise agreement on a big and balanced solution to our deficits that can replace the entire sequester and provide American families and businesses with the certainty they need.
June 19, 2013
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) announced today several changes to the official intranet for House Democratic staff, including a new staff directory, an expanded calendar, and an updated legislative correspondence library.
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 17, 2013
“I join in marking the 50th annual National Small Business Week, when Americans pay tribute to the millions of small business owners and employees across our country. 
June 17, 2013
“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court represents a victory for voters in Arizona and across the country who were under the very real threat of losing their right to register and cast a ballot because they lack certain forms of identification.
June 14, 2013
“The National Defense Authorization Act for 2014 is an important demonstration of Congress’s support for our troops and for those who work to advance a strong national defense. 
June 14, 2013
“Unless Congress acts by July 1, interest rates for student loans will double from 3.4% to 6.8%.
June 12, 2013
“Courtney has been an important member of my team since first coming to the Majority Leader’s office over six years ago,
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
“I am pleased that President Obama has nominated Jason Furman as Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors.
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.  
June 7, 2013
“For 57 years, John Dingell has been as much an institution in the House of Representatives as the bells that ring votes or the mace that stands majestically beside the Speaker’s chair. 
June 7, 2013
“It is clear from this morning’s employment report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that Congress must act to end the uncertainty caused by a lack of a clear direction in fiscal policy and made worse by sequestration. 
June 6, 2013
“It is completely unacceptable that Republicans passed an amendment today targeting ‘DREAMers,’ who were brought to this country as children and want only to help build a stronger America.