Press Releases

August 29, 2013
“Federal recognition for all legally married same-sex couples for the purposes of tax filing has been long overdue. 
August 28, 2013
“Fifty years ago today, hundreds of thousands of Americans from all walks of life assembled on the National Mall to call for jobs, freedom, and full equality for all the people of our land.
August 27, 2013
The repeated use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against its own people is an appalling and blatant violation of international laws and abuse of human rights that cannot be tolerated and must be condemned.
August 26, 2013
Ninety-three years ago today, after a long struggle for equal suffrage, women in America won the right to vote with the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. 
August 24, 2013
“Fifty years ago, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood here and put into mighty words the hopes, the dreams, the frustrations of millions of Americans, black and white, that the people of this land were not yet fully free – and that none could enjoy the promise of our democracy until all could enjoy it.
August 22, 2013
Every eligible voter in this country deserves the chance to cast a ballot and have that vote counted accurately. 
August 12, 2013
“The Attorney General’s announcement today of new guidelines for prosecutors to help reduce incarceration of non-violent, low-level drug offenders is an important step toward achieving the Administration’s goal of identifying reforms that will ensure that federal laws are enforced more fairly and efficiently.
August 9, 2013
"The enactment of this bill into law will save students billions of dollars in student loan interest rate payments over the next five years.
August 9, 2013
"I welcome the President’s announcement this afternoon of new steps to strengthen the oversight, transparency, and due process safeguards of our intelligence surveillance programs.  
August 6, 2013
“Forty-eight years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, ending discriminatory practices that had prevented millions of Americans from participating fully in our democracy.  Regardless of one’s race, color, or creed, every American is equally entitled to cast a ballot and have that vote counted accurately...
August 6, 2013
“While it is disappointing that the Pentagon has had to impose furlough days for civilian defense workers, thanks to cost-saving efforts announced by the Pentagon today, the eleven furlough days employees had been expected to take have now been reduced to six. 
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.