Press Releases

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. 
July 19, 2013
“In Seneca Falls, New York, 165 years ago, a group of women and men came together to declare to our nation and the world that women would no longer be silenced by society, cut off from representation in government, or kept from participating fully in our economy. 
July 19, 2013
“I join in marking 45 years since the first Special Olympics were held at Chicago’s Soldier Field in 1968.  Originally the vision of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and taking inspiration from the summer camps she and her family ran at their home starting in 1962, the Special Olympics movement has brought dignity and opportunity to people with intellectual disabilities throughout the country and around the world. 
July 18, 2013
“I am pleased that the Senate has confirmed Gina McCarthy as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency with a bipartisan vote of 59-40.  In her more than twenty-five years of service to the people of this country, Ms. McCarthy has worked at both the state and federal levels developing and implementing policies aimed at protecting the environment while encouraging economic growth and greater energy efficiency.
July 18, 2013
“To build and sustain a strong middle class, we must take steps to empower women as leaders and full participants in our economy.  America’s success depends on economic security for every family and individual, especially women who serve not only as primary caregivers, but increasingly as primary breadwinners.  
July 18, 2013
“I am glad the President highlighted the savings middle-class families are experiencing as a result of the Affordable Care Act.  The health care law is already putting money back in the pockets of millions of Americans, including the 8.5 million who received rebates in 2012 from insurers under the new rule that 80% of premium dollars must be spent on care and not on administrative costs or overhead.  In my home state of Maryland alone, 150,000 people received these rebates, with an average of $143 per family. 
July 18, 2013
“I am pleased that the Senate took the important step today of confirming Tom Perez as our country’s next Secretary of Labor.  As our economic recovery continues, America’s workers will benefit from a Labor Department with the dynamic leadership I know Secretary Perez will bring.
July 18, 2013
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Speaker John Boehner, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and leaders from both the House and Senate this morning at a ceremony in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.
July 17, 2013
Today, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) applauded the Committee on Energy and Commerce on passage of the bipartisan School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act. 
July 17, 2013
“In the wake of the Supreme Court’s disappointing ruling on Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, I am encouraged that the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing to explore what steps the Congress can take to write a new preclearance formula to protect against discrimination and disenfranchisement. 
July 12, 2013
"I join in congratulating Sec. Napolitano on her selection as the next President of the University of California system and thanking her for her service at the helm of the Department of Homeland Security over the past four years. 
July 10, 2013
Once again, House Republicans are in disarray.  Violating their own ‘three-day’ rule of posting legislation for all to read, they have announced a vote tomorrow on a controversial, 600-page Farm Bill that nobody has had a chance to read and that omits nutrition assistance funding for low-income families under the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). 
July 10, 2013
The fiscal year 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations bill that Republicans brought to the Floor this week takes the wrong approach to budgeting and slashes critical energy and water infrastructure investments, which is why I am opposing it.
July 10, 2013
“I am pleased that the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act today by a strong bipartisan vote of 15-7. 
July 9, 2013
“Today, as I stood with the families of the nineteen fallen firefighters in Prescott Valley, Arizona, I joined in remembering their dedication, their courage, and their sacrifice as they fought to save their community from one of the region’s most devastating wildfires.
July 8, 2013
“Starting today, as a result of Congress’s failure to achieve a big and balanced solution to deficits, our national security and military readiness will be weakened as civilian workers are prevented from carrying out their important work because of furloughs.